International nursing student exchange: rural and remote clinical experiences in Australia.
Kent-Wilkinson-A; Starr-L; Dumanski-S; Fleck-J; LeFebvre-A; Child-A
J Agromed 2010 Jan; 15(1):58-65
A rural and remote international clinical exchange permits the senior nursing student to experience another culture and to develop a feel for daily life and nursing practice abroad. In a student exchange between Australia and Canada, similarities exist with regard to life and work for nurses who live in these developed countries. Similarities extend to a growing population base of original inhabitants or indigenous peoples with complex health challenges. Differences, however, are also apparent in rural and remote health care delivery due to the uniqueness of each country's demographics, nursing programs, nursing culture, and health care systems. In the rural hospitals of the Riverland region, South Australia, the Australian public and private health care systems are witnessed working side by side. Aboriginal health care with its unique cultural care practices was experienced in the remote Aboriginal community of Hermannsburg in the Northern Territory, and in the district hospital in Alice Springs. The international exchange provided the opportunity to reflect on the impact of the social determinants of health, and the similarities and differences between developed countries in nursing practice and nursing culture. The sense of community and autonomy gained in rural and remote placements in Australia provided incentive for nursing students to consider this area of practice on their return to Canada.
Demographic-characteristics; Environmental-factors; Health-care; Health-programs; Health-services; Health-standards; Medical-personnel; Medical-services; Nurses; Racial-factors; Risk-analysis; Statistical-analysis; Work-environment;
Author Keywords: Aboriginal; rural health; remote health; nursing education; international exchange
Arlene Kent-Wilkinson RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, 107 Wiggins Road, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5E5, Canada
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