Date of Award

Summer 5-27-2008

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Ruth Enestvedt

Second Advisor

Susan K Nash


Cultural immersion experiences can be a valuable way to teach the concepts of community health nursing in an introductory clinical course. By having an opportunity to experience a cultural context outside of their usual! area of practice and residence, students are able to expand their understanding of another world view while beginning to develop skills in population and community focused practice. The purpose of this project is to describe a method for evaluating cultural immersion experiences and to identify patterns of expanding professional and personal growth that are based on these experiences. Students who chose immersion experiences, were invited to participate in focus groups to learn about how this experience has influenced their personal and professional lives. Their responses were analyzed as an evaluation measure of the effectiveness of immersion experiences to teach community health nursing as well as any long term impact on their professional nursing practice.


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Nursing Commons