Increasing globalization calls for undergraduate nursing programs to develop opportunities for students to participate in study-abroad activities. For some students, the cost of such activities can prohibit participation. The influx of refugees to the United States provides an alternative opportunity for students to think and act globally without the cost of travel. This article discusses how a community health assessment, completed through a partnership with a public health department, addressed barriers to emergency preparedness for Somali refugees. Students collected data using a focus group of 10 female Somali refugees. The focus group participants had limited understanding of English and fewer than half could read written Somali. Students gained insight into the language barriers among the refugees and the need for cultural sensitivity. They provided outreach, met Somali community leaders, and started the process of communication on emergency preparedness.
Lenz, B. K., & Warner, S. (2011). Global learning experiences during a domestic community health clinical. Nursing education perspectives, 32(1), 26-29.
About This Study:
Intervention(s): None Tested
Relevant ORR Program: Ethnic Community Self-Help Program, Preferred Communities, Refugee Health Promotion
Study Type: Suggestive evidence
Full Text Availability: Paid
Direction of Evidence: No evidence about impact
Gender(s) of Participants: Female
Age(s) of Participants: Adults
Region(s) of Origin of Participants: Africa
Relevant Evidence Summaries:
The evidence was reviewed and included in the following summaries: