A Bold Adventure in Innovation: An International Off-Campus Master's Degree Program

J Nurs Educ. 2010 Oct;49(10):587-91. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20100630-08. Epub 2010 Jun 30.

Abstract

In response to the global shortage of nursing faculty, Loma Linda University School of Nursing offered an off-campus master's degree program to prepare nurse educators who would commit to remain in their home countries following graduation. The program was approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to be offered in both English and Spanish. Students and faculty met for 1 month each year for 4 years at one of two international sites: Thailand or Argentina. Forty-five of 49 students completed the program. The cultural diversity in both cohorts enriched classroom discussions, social interaction, and student-faculty conversations. The program was a life-changing experience for all involved and helped to meet the global need for nursing faculty. The faculty reported that it broadened their world view and opened their minds to the potential for innovation to transform nursing education.

MeSH terms

  • Argentina
  • California
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Education, Nursing, Graduate / organization & administration*
  • Faculty, Nursing
  • Humans
  • International Educational Exchange*
  • Models, Educational
  • Program Evaluation
  • Students, Nursing
  • Thailand