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International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship

Ed. by Andrusyszyn, Mary-Anne / Babenko-Mould, Yolanda / Goldenberg, Dolly / Cragg, Betty / Maltby, Hendrika J. / McWilliam, Carol

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Seeing With New Eyes: The Meaning of an Immersion Experience in Bangladesh for Undergraduate Senior Nursing Students

Hendrika J. Maltby
  • 1University of Vermont,
/ Sarah Abrams
  • 2University of Vermont,
Published Online: 2009-10-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1548-923X.1858

Nurses must provide culturally appropriate care. A powerful strategy to enhance cultural competency is immersion. This can increase awareness of personal beliefs, values, behaviors, and learning from clients. A three week immersion experience for 17 senior undergraduate nursing students was organized in partnership with the Independent University, Bangladesh. Working with interpreters, students learned about people and healthcare through interviews and site visits. The purpose of this qualitative study was to discover the meaning of the immersion experience for nursing students through their reflective journals. These were thematically analyzed and four themes emerged: Beginning to See, Thinking about the Seen, Wanting to Change the Seen, and Transformed by the Seen. These themes combine into a framework that has been tentatively titled, Seeing Through New Eyes and will be further developed on future trips. Achieving cultural competency is a complex, long-term process that can be intensified with immersion experiences.

Keywords: nursing students; cultural competence; immersion

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Published Online: 2009-10-21

Citation Information: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, ISSN (Online) 1548-923X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1548-923X.1858. Export Citation

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