Development and Implementation of an International Academic Service Learning Course for Low-income Children in Cambodia
Maureen P. Tippen, MS, RN, C

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Tippen, M. P. (2016). Development and implementation of an international academic service learning course for low-income children in Cambodia. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare, 6(1), 94-101. doi: 10.9730/

Abstract: International service learning experiences pro-vide many opportunities for nursing students. Using a varied approach to students’ self-reported learning in Cambodia, students reported gaining first-hand knowledge and experience about global nursing and health care, including its rewards and challenges. The key components of a service-learning program, as defined by the International Service Learning Task Force (Sigma Theta Tau International), include reciprocal relationships between academic and community partners encompassing a range of activities and outcomes including social responsibility and cul- tural competence. (Leffers & Plotnick, 2010). The outcomes of the students’ international-service learning experiences are consistent with those reported in the literature. Creating global citizenship is necessary in the education of professional nurses with implications for nursing education.

Keywords: international service-learning, global citizenship, undergraduate nursing students, development of study abroad courses

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