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Student exchange for nursing students: Does it raise cultural awareness'? A descriptive, qualitative study.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.
2014 (English)In: Nurse Education in Practice, ISSN 1471-5953, E-ISSN 1873-5223, Vol. 14, no 3, 259-264 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

With free movement for citizens within the European Union and with distant parts of our globe becoming more accessible, cultural awareness and cultural competence are becoming important skills for nurses. Internationalisation and raising awareness of other cultural contexts are essential elements in Swedish higher education, thus explaining the variety of student exchange programmes that are available. The aim of this study was to explore Swedish nursing students' perceptions of student exchange and their experiences. Data were collected through group interviews and then analysed following the principles of content analysis. Our analysis resulted in three categories: Preparing to go abroad, Reasons for going abroad and From expectation to experience. Cultural aspects and cultural awareness were emphasised as strong motivational factors, both personal and professional, behind participation in student exchange programmes. Information was also highlighted as a crucial means of reaching potential students as well as the power of knowledge through personal experience. This study highlights the importance of student exchange in expanding the individual student's personal and professional horizons. It also stresses the importance of including a transcultural nursing element in nursing curricula.

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2014. Vol. 14, no 3, 259-264 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-32333DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2013.11.006ISI: 000349568100007PubMedID: 24406034OAI: diva2:722387
Available from: 2014-06-08 Created: 2014-06-08 Last updated: 2014-07-01Bibliographically approved

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