Nurses advocate for health promotion, educate patients and the public on the prevention of illness and injury, provide care and assist in cure, participate in rehabilitation, and provide support. No other health care professional has such a broad and far-reaching role. Nurses help families learn to become healthy by helping them understand the range of emotional, physical, mental and cultural experiences they encounter during health and illness. Nurses help people and their families cope with illness, deal with it, and if necessary live with it, so that other parts of their lives can continue. Nurses do more than care for individuals. They have always been at the forefront of change in health care and public health. Nurses provide ongoing assessment of people’s health. Their round-the-clock presence, observation skills, and vigilance allow doctors to make better diagnoses and propose better treatments. Many lives have been saved because an attentive nurse picked upon early warning signs of an upcoming crisis like cardiac arrest or respiratory failure.
Advantages Of Abroad Education To Nurses
- While meeting academic goals, international students are able to embrace the customs, history and traditions of their host countries. By being immersed in a host country’s culture and its political and economic systems, students are able to better appreciate the similarities and differences between the host and home countries.
- Nursing students studying in developing countries also learn to appreciate the healthcare barriers faced by vulnerable populations and how international initiatives are working to improve social equality. They can experience firsthand the impact that non-governmental organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), have in developing countries.
- Nursing study abroad gives students an opportunity to reflect on their experience with cultural stereotyping while gaining a better understanding of people of other cultures and ethnicities. Many nursing students also experience personal growth that contributes to self-confidence and a sense of autonomy.
- Students who study abroad immerse themselves in all aspects of their host country, from learning a new language to experiencing new foods. Such immersion may be of assistance if the student wishes to return to the country to pursue a nursing career.
- The immersive experience also provides opportunities to examine local determinants of health, including the impact of a region’s environment and dietary choices on wellness. “Such exposure to variables, not found in the native country, provides occasions for students to gain cultural competence and to understand issues from varied perspectives,” said researchers in the Journal of Nursing & Patient Care
- While working closely and interacting with other nurses, faculty members, roommates and community leaders, nurses can build a cadre of international colleagues who may play a role in future endeavors. Indeed, other research studies have also underscored the connection between international academic experiences and cultural competence in nursing. In the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, researchers said nursing students who participated in study-abroad programs experienced an increased appreciation and sensitivity to cross-cultural care, a better understanding of their own cultural identity and a stronger connection to global citizenship.