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International Learning Opportunities

Alverno Nursing Students Go International

Japan

‌N-391 Cult Persp/Hlth Care: Japan (2 credits)

Through in-depth study of a selected culture, the student gains experience in assessing cultural health-care practices, shared belief systems, and norms. She experiences the relationship between culture and health and begins to expand her cultural competence abilities to enhance her practice of professional nursing. The course concludes with an immersion experience (approximately 10-14 days), during which she observes health-care delivery systems operating in acute, clinic, and community care sites. She participates in care and determines the impact of the host culture's health-care delivery system in meeting people's needs within the cachement/service area.

"Japan was like no other experience I have ever encountered. Flying over 6,500 miles to another country and engulfing myself into their culture allowed me to explore personal thoughts and feelings about my own culture. It helped me to open my eyes to the possibility that there is no right answer for anything. It allowed me to appreciate my own culture and the people involved in my life and showed me that respect for all people will promote peace on earth. This was not a vacation - this was a life experience.

Learning about the healthcare system was extremely interesting. It was nice to have professors and students talk about their experience in healthcare and how Japanese healthcare differs from the United States healthcare. Knowing that they are the ‘healthiest’ culture in the world and have the longest life expectancy sparked interest in asking ‘why?’ Seeing charts and hearing lectures about the shortage of nurses, the high patient to nurse ratio, and the cost of healthcare showed a reason that seemed to be misunderstood. Length of stay for patients in the Japanese healthcare system is longer than ours but I realized that it’s not the healthcare system that is making people live longer, its their lifestyle. All the walking I did showed the reason why this population is so healthy.

The trip to Japan showed me a culture that I knew little about. It allowed me to see that respect and love for people that you do not know still exists and people are willing to welcome others with open arms. I have learned what it is like to respect people from a culture different than my own and to understand the reason for no two people being the same. One can learn a great deal from someone who is not like them. I am so happy and so grateful to be able to have this experience! Two weeks in Japan was just the start of my love for the country."

Kelyn Klaas

Fall 2012

Graduate

 Students in Japan

 

Jamaica

‌N-391 Cult Persp/Hlth Care: Jamaica (2 credits)

Through in-depth study of a selected culture, the student gains experience in assessing cultural health-care practices, shared belief systems, and norms. She experiences the relationship between culture and health and begins to expand her cultural competence abilities to enhance her practice of professional nursing. The course concludes with an immersion experience (approximately 10-14 days), during which she observes health-care delivery systems operating in acute, clinic, and community care sites. She participates in care and determines the impact of the host culture's health-care delivery system in meeting people's needs within the cachement/service area.

Alverno Students at Treasure Beach Women's Center in Jamaica