Increasing cultural competence in nursing through international service-learning experiences

Nurse Educ. 2007 Sep-Oct;32(5):207-11. doi: 10.1097/01.NNE.0000289385.14007.b4.


As society becomes increasingly culturally diverse, preparing nursing students to become culturally competent practitioners has become more critical. The authors share one school's experience with the development and implementation of a cross-cultural, international, service-learning experience. Discussion will include the development of an elective nursing course with cross-cultural content and the implementation of an international service-learning trip to Quito, Ecuador.

MeSH terms

  • Alabama
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Cultural Diversity*
  • Curriculum
  • Ecuador
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / organization & administration*
  • Faculty, Nursing
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • International Educational Exchange*
  • Models, Educational
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Planning Techniques
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Students, Nursing / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Transcultural Nursing / education*
  • Transcultural Nursing / organization & administration