Examine nursing care abroad. MCN's Transcultural Nursing Experience takes students beyond the traditional boundaries of classroom and clinical practicums, offering eligible nursing students at both the undergraduate and graduate level the opportunity to participate in a 2-week hands-on clinical experience abroad.
MCN refreshes its destinations over time. In the past, students have traveled to Russia, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and more. Please check this page to stay updated on experiences being offered.
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 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.
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 are listed below. One application applies you to all options. Learn more on MCN's Scholarship Information page
ISU Office of International Studies and Programs also has scholarships available for students studying abroad. A few examples are listed below. For more information, visit the Study Abroad Scholarships page.
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.