“This was truly one of the best experiences I have ever had. I had never traveled out of the country and have never been away from my husband and kids for longer than 3 days so going out of the country away from my family for a week was quite nerve wracking. When we got to the airport, ISL representatives were waiting for us with smiles on their faces. I really appreciated that things were just planned out for us and it didn’t require any planning on my part. I was just told where to go and when to be there and things were taken care of.

It was a very humbling and eye-opening experience to visit families in their homes. They were very friendly and thankful that we were there. Many people remember ISL medical groups from the last time they came into the community so they were open to us being there. I loved the sense of community I saw with everyone just hanging out together and kids running around playing. I loved that even though their living conditions were VERY different than mine, many people found a way to add beauty to their homes by planting flowers or plants where they could.

I loved working in the clinic and working with the doctors. And although I have been a nurse for six years and will soon be a Family Nurse Practitioner, I learned so much from them. The way we practice medicine in the US is VERY different from the way we practiced in the portable clinic in Costa Rica so I learned how to focus more on my actual assessment and medical history rather than labs and tests.

The entire experience opened my eyes and taught me so much about myself and humanity. I am so glad I went and definitely want to go again!”

-Kendra J., Grand Canyon University

About the Nursing Continuing Education Program

ISL is approved by the Western Multi-State Division and accredited by the ANCC to provide a global community nursing course for RNs and LPNs, allowing them to earn 30 continuing education units and increase their cultural competency while using their skills to benefit those in developing communities.

Course Title: “Community and Global Nursing”

Course Description:

This course provides the opportunity for nurses to explore the impact of local and national health policy on the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Participants will serve in a general medicine health clinic in rural communities in partnership with ISL. Students will be introduced to skills and issues relevant to the healthcare professions such as nursing, medicine, social work, counseling, education, and allied health professions. This course is developed to provide a learning experience to strengthen cultural competence through service in an international and ethnically diverse setting.

Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses may complete the “Community and Global Nursing” coursework and earn 30 Continuing Education Units. If interested, please contact your Volunteer Experience Coordinator before travel for more information.

Who Is Right for the CE Program?

Any Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) who participates in an ISL service learning trip of at least 4 days to any country qualifies to participate in the 30 continuing education (CE) offering.

Nursing CE Course Syllabus

Title: Community and Global Nursing
Presentation Time: 30 CEU’s offered
Target Audience: Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses
Faculty:
Tracey Long RN, PhD, MS, MSN, CDE, CNE, CHUC, COI, CCRN
P.O. Box 80282
Las Vegas, NV 89180
Phone: 702-301-9560
Email: longforhome@gmail.com

Learning Goal

To increase in cultural awareness, personal reflection and integration of cultural competency skills through service learning in an international study abroad experience.

Course Description

This course provides the opportunity for nurses to explore the impact of local and national health policy on the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Participants will serve in a general medicine health clinic in rural communities in partnership with ISL. Students will be introduced to skills and issues relevant to the healthcare professions such as nursing, medicine, social work, counseling, education, and allied health professions. This course is developed to provide a learning experience to strengthen cultural competence through service in an international and ethnically diverse setting.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the service-learning trip with ISL, volunteers will be able to:

  1. Identify cultural aspects for caring for a local patient.
  2. Complete a self-assessment and evaluate the components of cultural competency.
  3. Verbalize the various roles of health care providers and resources in a community that impact the individual and community’s health and safety.
  4. Define community and the role of a community health nurse.
  5. Identify the impact of public health policy on individual and community health and recovery from illness.
  6. Verbalize basic phrases to complete a basic health assessment in Spanish (if applicable).
  7. Perform a basic health assessment on a Spanish-speaking/local patient and provide a hand off report to a physician.

Teaching Methods 

Lecture, group discussion, reading assignments and international health service in community home and clinic settings.

Learning Resources

Guest speakers, reading assignments, and group discussion.

Evaluation Methods

    1. Reading assignment and post test: 1 CE
    2. Course lectures, skills acquisition, and service hours: 29 CE’s
      Total Continuing Education hours: 30 CE’s

Community Service Clinic Participation

The majority of work for this course will stem from the service-learning experience, which requires the students to work 4-7 days in the rural areas of a foreign country for 6-8 hours/day for a total of 30 service learning hours. The purpose of the service learning experience is to give participants the opportunity to apply course concepts in a real world setting and provide needed services while collaborating with community partners.

Post Test from Reading Assignment

A minimum 80% score on the post-test from the reading assignment will complete 1 CE.

Assigned Reading

“Developing Cultural Competence For Health Care Workers in the Care of Hispanic/Latino Clients” by Tracey Long RN, PhD, MS, MSN, CDE, CNE Published Dec. 2012 Nurse.com

Course Lectures and Participation

The participant will attend class and instructional training as part of the service-learning trip while in a foreign country. A total of 30 hours of lecture will be completed, while in the foreign country by local guest speakers and health care providers for a total of 30 CE’s, including cultural class, medical Spanish or Swahili, health law and policy in the foreign host country and global health issues.