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Being and Doing

A Cultural Immersion Reflection

Mahoney, Glenna

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000607
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ABSTRACT: Doing, that is, working and achieving accomplishments, is a strong Western value. Alternatively, being is about focusing on relationships and the moment. In a weeklong service-learning experience that included manual labor, cultural immersion activities, relationship building, and daily prayer and reflection, an educator was able to help nursing students discover the importance of being, while offering service. Stories and sharing helped to achieve the goal of moving students to a deeper understanding of the Gospel's call to solidarity and justice.

Glenna Mahoney, DNP, RN, is director of the traditional BSN Program at Research College of Nursing, Kansas City, Missouri. She is on the board of Collection of Victim Evidence Regarding Sexual Assault (COVERSA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing quality, compassionate post sexual assault patient care and improving community collaboration efforts on sexual assault education and prevention.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

*Name changed to protect privacy.

Accepted by peer-review 12/31/2018.

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