International Experiences in Nursing Education: A Review of the Literature

Pamela A. Kulbok, Emma M. Mitchell, Doris F. Glick, Doris Greiner

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Service learning and study abroad opportunities have become increasingly popular in nursing education in the past decade. The purpose of this systematic review was to explore existing literature concerning global health experiences in nursing education. Twenty-three empirical articles from 2003 to 2010 were reviewed, building upon existing reviews of international nursing education literature. Research on two-way exchange experiences and models for best practice were found to be lacking. While an array of countries were represented as the visiting or hosting side of the experience, few co-authors from host countries were found, particularly in literature originating from the U.S. The authors recommend that two-way exchange programs be evaluated to identify successful strategies and barriers to success. Ongoing evaluation of exchanges is necessary to ensure continued sustainable partnership and exchange in immersion experiences for nursing students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7
JournalInternational journal of nursing education scholarship
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • global education
  • global partnerships
  • international nursing
  • nursing exchange

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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