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A Meeting of Hearts and Minds

A Critical Reflection on Building, Enhancing, and Sustaining Global Partnerships in Nursing Education

Horton-Deutsch, Sara; Van Rensburg, Gisela

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000557

AIM The aim of the study was to engage in a critical reflective dialogue through a purposeful and strategic process to build, enhance, and sustain global partnerships.

BACKGROUND Expanding global health through partnerships necessitates a critical dialogue on shared values and understandings. Appreciating philosophical orientations, ethical perspectives, and broadening what counts as evidence serves to further inform scholarship and practice partnerships.

METHOD We engaged in a critical reflective dialogue by exploring our experiences through a purposeful and strategic process where we described, examined, and articulated the learning that informs our partnership.

RESULTS By listening to each other’s stories, reflecting individually, and dialoguing together, we have shared and compared experiences that gave us more insight into how to build, enhance, and sustain our partnership.

CONCLUSION Continuously examining issues and discussions around partnerships through a critical reflective process supports the development of shared values and meaning, strengthens connections, and leads to new knowledge for sustaining global health partnerships.

About the Authors Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, ANEF, FAAN, is a professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California. Gisela Van Rensburg, D Litt et Phil, RN, FANSA, is a professor, Department of Health Studies, University of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa. The authors acknowledge the thoughtful feedback they received from participants at the Watson Caring Science Arts Health Humanity Conference, October 2019, and the ongoing inspiration they receive from their graduate students and national/international colleagues. For more information, contact Dr. Horton-Deutsch at

The authors have declared no conflict of interest.

© 2019 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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