NUR 286 An International Service Learning Experience for Healthcare Students (3 credits)

This elective distributive clinical course will begin on campus during the second half of the semester for orientation and will culminate in an opportunity for students to explore diverse international healthcare practices while also participating in a service-learning project. Students will travel abroad, living amongst the indigenous people to gain a deeper understanding of how culture and socioeconomic conditions affect the health and well-being of the community through cultural immersion. There will be service learning opportunities for students such as building fuel-efficient stoves, observing and participating in community health teaching, touring a local clinic/pharmacy, meeting with local folk medicine experts and midwives, and possibly participating in home care visits within the community. Students will spend 19 hours on campus in orientation and learning theory with 65 hours in clinical practice activities during this 3 credit elective distributive clinical course. This course may be substituted for NUR 296 and/or NUR 297. Co-requisite: Student must be matriculated in a healthcare program with priority registration given to nursing students.