Learning and Helping: Benefits of International Nurse Practitioner Student Experiences
Eileen M. Smit, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
Terry Delpier, DNP, RN, CPNP
Sheri L. Giordana, DNP, RN, FNP-BC
Mary Jane Tremethick, PhD, RN, MCHES

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Abstract: The increasing diversity of the U.S. population requires a culturally sensitive health care workforce. This article discusses the planning, implementation, and evaluation of an international clinical experience designed to promote cultural awareness and enhance the clinical skills of nurse practitioner students. The experience was unique in that the program addressed the immediate health care needs of a rural Honduran population while also collaborating with a local capacity building project. Continuity of care was addressed by including professionals from the local health care system when providing care in the schools and clinics. Student and faculty advocacy for building a local hospital supported the community’s ability to meet its own health care needs. Student, faculty, and community partner evaluations indicated that the program was effective in developing student clinical practice skills while meeting the needs of the international community.

Keywords: Service learning, international, capacity building, cultural competence, nurse practitioner education, Central America, graduate nursing, nursing clinical

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