Communication and nursing: a study-abroad student's reflections

de Oliveira, Anna Karina Martins and Tuohy, Dympna (2015) Communication and nursing: a study-abroad student's reflections. British Journal of Nursing, 24 (21). pp. 1080-1084. ISSN 0966-0461


Globalisation in the academic context provides the opportunity for sharing knowledge and innovations between institutions in different countries, through the creation of study abroad and academic mobility programmes. For nursing students, studying abroad facilitates the development of cultural sensitivity so that they may care appropriately for an increasingly multicultural patient population in their own countries. This article describes a Brazilian ‘study abroad’ student nurse's experience of studying a ‘communication and therapeutic relationships’ module in an Irish university. Johns' model of structured reflection was used to frame, describe and reflect on the experience. This reflection informs ‘study abroad’ students and their universities about the student experience through a personal account of one such student.

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