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An Innovative Exchange Model for Global and Community Health Nursing Education

Falleiros de Mello, Débora, PhD, RN; Larcher Caliri, Maria, Helena, PhD, RN; Villela Mamede, Fabiana, PhD, RN; Fernandes de Aguiar Tonetto, Eliana, Maria, RN; Resop Reilly, Janet, DNP, APNP-BC, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000454
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Understanding different cultures is important in the education of nursing students who will become the health care workforce of our future interdependent and globalized societies. International practicum courses help students and nurses understand different cultures. This article describes an innovative approach to nursing education and understanding diverse cultures, in the context of a hybrid course (online course coupled with face-to-face practicum experiences), which enrolled nursing students from opposite hemispheres.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor (Dr de Mello and Dr Villela Mamede), Maternal Infant and Public Health Nursing Department, and Associate Professor (Dr Caliri), General and Specialized Nursing Department, College of Nursing, University of São Paulo, Ribeirao Preto; Director (Ms Fernandes de Aguiar Tonetto), Nursing Division, Ribeirao Preto City Health Department, Brazil; and Associate Professor (Dr Resop Reilly), Nursing and Health Programs, College of Health, Education, and Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Resop Reilly, College of Health, Education, and Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin, RH 325 L, 2420 Nicolet Dr, Green Bay, WI 54311 (

Accepted for publication: July 15, 2017

Published ahead of print: October 4, 2017

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