Global Health Competencies for Nurses in the Americas

Lynda Wilson, Doreen C. Harper, Irene Tami-Maury, Rosa Zarate, Susana Salas, Jason Farley, Nicole E Warren, Isabel Mendes, Carla Ventura

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This article reports the findings from an online survey of nursing faculty from the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Caribbean countries to identify their perceptions about global health competencies for undergraduate nursing students. A list of global health competencies for medical students developed by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Resource Group on Global Health and the Global Health Education Consortium was adapted for nurses and translated from English to Spanish and Portuguese. The competencies were divided into six subscales, and respondents rated each competency on a 4-point Likert scale, with high scores reflecting strong agreement that the competency was essential for undergraduate nursing students. E-mail invitations and links to the online survey were distributed using a nonprobability convenience sampling strategy. This article reports findings only from the respondents to the English and Spanish surveys. The final sample included 542 responses to the English survey and 51 responses to the Spanish survey. Cronbach's alpha reliability coefficients for the subscales ranged from 78 to 96. The mean values for all 6 subscales and for each of the 30 items were greater than 3.0 for the respondents to the Spanish survey, and the mean values for 27 of the items were greater than 3.0 for the respondents to the English survey. These findings suggest that respondents perceived the competencies as essential global health competencies for undergraduate nursing students in the Americas. Narrative comments written by respondents indicate additional competencies and specific concerns about adding additional content to an already full curricula. Results of this study can be used to guide faculty deliberations about global health competencies that should be incorporated in the nursing curricula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-222
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

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Keywords

  • Competency
  • Education
  • Global health
  • Nursing

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  • Nursing(all)

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Wilson, L., Harper, D. C., Tami-Maury, I., Zarate, R., Salas, S., Farley, J., ... Ventura, C. (2012). Global Health Competencies for Nurses in the Americas. Journal of Professional Nursing, 28(4), 213-222. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2011.11.021

Global Health Competencies for Nurses in the Americas. / Wilson, Lynda; Harper, Doreen C.; Tami-Maury, Irene; Zarate, Rosa; Salas, Susana; Farley, Jason; Warren, Nicole E; Mendes, Isabel; Ventura, Carla.

In: Journal of Professional Nursing, Vol. 28, No. 4, 07.2012, p. 213-222.

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Wilson, L, Harper, DC, Tami-Maury, I, Zarate, R, Salas, S, Farley, J, Warren, NE, Mendes, I & Ventura, C 2012, 'Global Health Competencies for Nurses in the Americas', Journal of Professional Nursing, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 213-222. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2011.11.021
Wilson, Lynda ; Harper, Doreen C. ; Tami-Maury, Irene ; Zarate, Rosa ; Salas, Susana ; Farley, Jason ; Warren, Nicole E ; Mendes, Isabel ; Ventura, Carla. / Global Health Competencies for Nurses in the Americas. In: Journal of Professional Nursing. 2012 ; Vol. 28, No. 4. pp. 213-222.
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