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Service-Learning Abroad: A Life-Changing Experience for Nursing Students

Hawkins, Janice Evans; Vialet, Channel L.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e31823fabf2
Feature: education / missions

Abstract: Incorporating service-learning experiences into nursing education is one way to help prepare students for practice in a global, culturally diverse society. Partnering with a church with a long-term mission program in El Salvador offers the nursing school at Old Dominion University opportunity to develop a service-learning program and support healthcare missions.

Service-learning helps prepare students for nursing in a culturally diverse society. Partnering with a church's long-term mission program in El Salvador allows this school to offer service-learning and support healthcare missions.

Janice Evans Hawkins, MSN, RN, teaches at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia in the clinical setting and online degree completion program, and collaborates on a global health nursing elective. She is actively involved in church and routinely participates in mission trips.

Channel L. Vialet, BSN, RN, graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She is employed at Sentara Leigh Hospital on the Medicine/Oncology Unit. She plans to participate in future mission trips.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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