The Transcultural Nursing Experience provides an avenue for personal and professional growth beyond the traditional boundaries of classroom and clinical practicums.
Students are given the opportunity to examine nursing care in a location that is culturally different from central Illinois. The experience offers eligible nursing students at both the undergraduate and graduate level the opportunity to participate in a 2 week transcultural experience, during the summer immediately following spring term. As part of this experience, students will register for appropriate coursework corresponding with the experience.
The Panama Transcultural Experience will be two weeks of cultural and clinical experience in May 2019. The Panama experience is a faculty-led clinical experience where a minimum of six students will travel with one faculty member or twelve students with two faculty members. This cultural and clinical experience will run in conjunction with our other two established transcultural experiences. This experience is specifically designed for senior students about to enroll in NUR 317 Nursing Care of Children and NUR 329 Public Health Nursing clinical courses. This transcultural experience will allow nursing students to accrue 45 clinical hours in Panama by participating in a variety of healthcare and cultural experiences. Students will participate in health promotion efforts, physical assessment of children, and more. At the same time, they learn about the people and the culture of Panama. Students will spend time learning the clinical and cultural objectives in hospitals, day care, elementary schools, community clinics and more clinical sites. The nursing students will be able to compare modes of communication, health care systems, and the role of nursing. They will be able to gain cultural sensitivity and experience overcoming language barriers. They will be touring historic and local cultural sites during their visit.
The nursing students will stay in a centrally located hotel, and van service will be provided to get students from their hotel to their clinical experience sites as well as their cultural experience sites.
This faculty-led transcultural nursing experience takes place in Vladimir, Russia for a two week period following the May 2019 semester. This experience is primarily observational in nature where students have the opportunity to visit a variety of hospitals and clinics in the Vladimir region. In past visits, the group has had the opportunity to visit a camp designed for children who are in remission from cancer and other hematological diseases. They visit a center for rehabilitation and sports medicine, an oncology hospital, dental clinic, the regional children's hospital, a perinatal center, and a VA hospital, to name a few. Our students participate in a couple of the nursing courses at Vladimir Medical Center (VMC). There are a number of wonderful cultural excursions and experiences as well. The group attends a picnic coordinated by VMC where they share an amazing barbeque with students and faculty from VMC. Students partcipate in an art class at a community art center, tour the beatuiful cathedrals and sites in Vladimir, Suzdal, and spend a day touring Moscow.
The nursing students will stay in a centrally located hotel in the city center of Vladimir. Travel to all of the various experiences is provided by the faculty of Vladimir Medical College.
We have two sites in Brazil which we have exchanges. May 2019, this faculty-led nursing experience will take place in Londrina, Brazil for a two week period immediately following the spring semester. This experience is primarily observational in nature where students have the opportunity to visit a variety of hospitals and clinics in the area. In past visits, the students have had the opportunity to visit the University hospital and shadow in a variety of hospital wards as well as visit the Maternity hospital. The group has participated in community home visits. They visit and tour clinics in the area as well such as the Community Health Center, the center for HIV/AIDS and TB, and the center for psychosocial assistance. This trip also offers some wonderful cultural excursions including a visit to a bird santuary in Foz as well as a visit to the Itaipu Dam and Foz do Iguacu. Students spend time with their hosts sharing meals and having fun getting to know each other while learning about each other's culture.
Nursing students are hosted by either UEL faculty or students in their homes. The group traveling will rent a van which transports from host homes to all of the various sites.
There are a variety of ways that students can offset the cost of a transcultural experience. One of those is applying for scholarships. Mennonite College of Nursing offers scholarships for students who have been selected for travel. Some of those scholarships include the following and you can find more out by following this link: https://nursing.illinoisstate.edu/studentlife/scholarships.php
Jana L. Edge Endowed International Transcultural Nursing Scholarship
Bellas International Transcultural Nursing Scholarship
Mennonite College of Nursing Endowed Transcultural Fund
Mennonite Nurses Alumni Organization Endowed Student and Transcultural Scholarships
ISU Office of International Studies and Programs also has scholarships available for students studying abroad. Some of those scholarships include the following and you can find out more by following this link: https://studyabroad.illinoisstate.edu/cost/scholarships/
OISP Study Abroad Financial Need-Based Scholarship
Hoon Mok Chung Scholarship
Undergraduate Professional Development Grant
University Club Scholarship
Susan T. Kern Special Opportunity Scholarship Fund
Transcultural Faculty Advisor
Learn more about the following transcultural opportunities:
Challenges Abroad offers incredible nursing specific experience opportunities. These experiences are service learning based opportunities that add unique value to your resume but do not earn academic credit, therefore no tuition expense is involved. Go to their website to see the many sites available to begin arranging an experience of a lifetime with a reputable company that provides a well organized, safe, educationally and culturally abundant experience.
Hanze University in the Netherlands, has a summer school program that would be fitting for both undergraduate and graduate level students. Students enroll in a Global Health and Quantified Self course.
There are many other ways students may take advantage of these experiential learning opportunities through travel abroad. Please visit the Office of International Studies and Program website to learn about other study abroad opportunities.