Article Type

Reflection Article/Manuscript


TOPIC: Short-term international immersion experiences have proven to be an excellent strategy for nursing programs to use as a way for students to develop cultural competence.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this article is to describe a faculty led short-term nursing study abroad program for undergraduate nursing students to Grenada. A two week study abroad program for seven undergraduate nursing students and two faculty member was organized in partnership with St. Georges University School of Nursing in Grenada.

SOURCES OF INFORMATION: The author describes the process of program development that includes the selection of the host country to post travel activities. The author describes how immediately upon arriving in Grenada, the students began their transformational process to becoming more culturally competent, and how adopting the home-stay model ensured greater cultural immersion. The home-stay model provided the students with immediate entry into the cultural environment

CONCLUSION: Participation in a short-term study abroad program contributed to students’ self-confidence and fostered leadership growth.