Nursing Student Adaptation During a Semester Abroad
Karen R. Breitkreuz Ed.D., M.S.N., R.N
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Breitkreuz, K. R. (2015). Nursing student adaptation during a semester abroad.
Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare,
5(1), 141-162. doi: 10.9730/ojccnh.org/v5n1a10
This study was completed to understand correlations between undergraduate nursing students’ initial readiness for cross-cultural experience in study abroad and nal levels of socio-cultural adaptation. Deardor (2006) suggests that attitudes, values, knowledge, and skills are essential factors leading to e ective function in a new culture. Her Developmental Model of Intercultural Competence was the guiding framework for this research study. Two groups of American nursing students traveling to South Africa and Puerto Rico for a semester were invited to participate. Students completed the Global Competence Aptitude Assessment prior to departure and the Socio-cultural Adaptation Scale at week four and upon return from abroad, along with a nal survey. Findings demonstrate signi cant correlations between students’ internal and external readiness scores and nal socio-cultural adaptation scores, and are supported by nal survey student comments. Implications for nursing education are discussed.
nursing study abroad, nursing study abroad research, nursing education and study abroad, undergraduate nursing education research, cultural competence, student adaptation during semester abroad, global citizenship in nursing education
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