Global Health Nursing Student Experience in Swaziland, Africa
The College of Nursing faculty wishes to enhance global health nursing experiences for undergraduate nursing students in Swaziland Africa. Swaziland is small country located in southern Africa where two-thirds of the population lives in extreme poverty and experience health challenges. The GOLDRush Project funding will defray study abroad expenses for 12 nursing students choosing to participate. The estimated cost of travel is $3,996 per student above their current tuition.
This is the first global health practice experience integrated into the curriculum at the College of Nursing. The experience in Swaziland will greatly enrich students’ education by gaining an understanding of the health and human similarities and differences in a country and region that is very different from the state of Iowa. The health conditions of the Swazi people, and the available resources to manage them, vary substantially as compared with those experienced by populations in Iowa, where the Iowans’ priority health problems focus on obesity, prevention and treatment of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
The students will discover the many community assets and strengths that exist in Swaziland despite poverty, low literacy, limited resources, chronic health conditions such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and the health consequences of hunger and water shortages. In addition, students will witness how the health of the Swazi people is affected by the political climate, socioeconomic conditions, and cultural factors of their geographic region. During their practice experiences in Swaziland, students will explore the processes of community assessment, trust building and community partnerships, effective community communications, dissemination of culturally informed messages and methods, effective ways of building a community coalition, methods to sustain public health efforts, and measurement of health outcomes. Students will use a culturally informed community nursing practice process that can be applied in Swaziland as well as other communities to enable them to provide culturally appropriate assessments and interventions.
While in Swaziland, students will work along-side rural health care nurses, and other community partners who provide holistic nursing care and health education to clients, families and children living in rural regions. Swazi nurses are supported by government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and are dedicated to improving access to health services for impoverished and vulnerable populations. Students’ collaboration with Swazi nurses will help them gain a deeper understanding of the health needs and of the provision of holistic nursing care. Students with global health experience commonly describe their experience as a life changing experience, broadening their view of nursing, their practice and global health.
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