My ISL experience was beyond amazing! Our team leader was very organized with the schedule, yet accommodated us any way possible. I learned a ton about the culture and history of Nicaragua and fell in love with the people and land. As a nursing student, I have grown immensely because of this trip.

— Emily Kruse, South Central College

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 Nursing 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.

About the Physical Therapy Continuing Education Program

 

Who Is Right for the Physical Therapy CE Program?

ISL’s Physical Therapy teams are ideal for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy students at
all education levels, and students and professionals in Massage Therapy and Sports
Medicine. PT volunteers in Costa Rica must have completed a basic course in anatomy
and physiology.

Course Description

This course provides the opportunity for PT, PTAs and students to explore the impact of local
and national health policy on the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.
Participants will participate in health clinic service in partnership with community agencies in a
foreign country outside of the United States. Participants will be introduced to skills and issues
relevant to 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 by serving in an international and ethnically diverse setting.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the service-learning trip participants 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 worker.
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, reading, group discussion and international health service in
community home and clinic settings. All PT participants will learn from didactic class time but
mostly from hands-on application of PT skills as based on established US national standards.

Learning Resources

Guest speakers, oral presentations, group discussion and clinical
application of physical therapy modalities and skills in community centers and clinics.

Evaluation Methods

Skills will be evaluated by the on-site qualified Physical Therapist and Physician. Participants
will receive daily feedback on skill development and areas for improvement. After each clinical
day a debriefing will provide formative and summative evaluation for participants for
improvement.

Community Service Clinic Participation

The majority of work for this course will stem from the service-learning experience, which
requires the students to work in low income areas of a foreign country for 6-8 hours/day x 4-7
days for a total of at least 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 Ph.D., MS, MSN, RN, 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. Lecture and service work under the direction of a qualified Physical
Therapist 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, health law and policy
in the foreign host country and global health issues.