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/

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: 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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