In Our Own “Campus-Yard”: A Creative Approach to Learning About Culture
Culture is an important and essential concept in nursing education necessary to provide safe, quality nursing care. As nurses are called to care for more diverse populations, nursing faculty members often struggle to find effective ways to teach nursing students about culture and cultural competence. Although there are a variety of teaching strategies used to teach culture, clinical experiences have yielded the most favorable results. Furthermore, immersion experiences have been shown to have a positive impact on cultural competence, but they require a time commitment and may not be financially feasible for many schools of nursing. A study by Lonneman explored 6 strategies, including journaling, reflection, and interviewing, to increase cultural competence in second-degree nursing students and found positive results. In an effort to create an interactive cultural opportunity for baccalaureate nursing students, the author created a unique clinical experience by “matching” nursing with international students located on the same college campus. The purpose of this article is to describe this creative, inexpensive approach to providing a cultural clinical experience for nursing students using resources on one’s very own campus.
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Mennenga, Heidi A., "In Our Own “Campus-Yard”: A Creative Approach to Learning About Culture" (2016). College of Nursing Faculty Publications. 14.