Title: Strengthening Cultural Competence in a Global Health Context
Presentation Time: 30 CEU’s offered
Target Audience: Registered Nurses
Tracey Long RN, BSN, MS, MSN, CDE, CNE
College of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Email: Tracey.Long@csn.edu

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 students to explore the impact of local and national health policy on the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Students will participate in health clinic service in partnership with community agencies in rural and urban Costa Rica. 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 Hispanic/Latino 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.
  7. Perform a basic health assessment on a Spanish-speaking patient and provide a hand off report to a physician.

Teaching Methods 

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

Learning Resources

Guest speakers, reading assignments, Internet resources and group discussion.

Evaluation Methods

  1. Daily reflection journal of activities and service learning
  2. Community service clinic participation
  3. Reading Assignment and Post test
  4. Course lectures and evaluation

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