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Integration of GLOBAL HEALTH CONCEPTS in Nursing Curricula: A NATIONAL STUDY

CARLTON, KAY HODSON; RYAN, MARILYN; ALI, NAGIA S.; KELSEY, BETH

Nursing Education Perspectives: May/June 2007 - Volume 28 - Issue 3 - pp 124-129
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The concept of global health is evolving with a growing recognition that international social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural issues affect health and health care around the world. Nurse faculty are challenged to find ways to prepare future nurses to provide care in an environment that is increasingly affected by globalization. This article presents results of a national survey of schools of nursing designed to identify a consensus definition for global health, attributes of the concept, and ways in which global health is identified and addressed in nursing curricula. Attributes of global health identified in this study are congruent with the literature. Implications for educators are presented, along with examples of how technology can be used to facilitate global interactions.

About the Authors Kay Hodson Carlton, EdD, RN, FAAN, is a professor and coordinator, Educational Resources and Extended Education, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Marilyn Ryan, EdD, RN, is professor and associate director of the master's program; Nagia S. Ali, PhD, RN, is a professor; and Beth Kelsey, EdD, RN, is an assistant professor, School of Nursing, Ball State University. Contact Dr. Carlton at khodson@bsu.edu. The National League for Nursing was the source of funding for this national study.

Copyright 2007 by National League for Nursing, Inc.
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