This course will focus upon the development of clinical decision-making skills and refinement of clinical coordinating behaviors with groups of patients in an international setting, specifically in Thailand. The course will provide opportunities for students to synthesize theoretical knowledge, clinical skills, nursing process, and professional role behaviors with an emphasis on global health issues and cross-cultural understanding of cultural diversity. The clinical experience will focus on the care of patient groups in an urban setting of Chiang Mai and in the rural villages of Thailand. Clinical nurse preceptors will be Messiah faculty, Thai nurses and Thai student nurses. A community health project will be included.
NOTE: This course is only open to senior Nursing students. It satisfies NURS 493 as well as the general education cross-cultural requirement.
Overview of the course:
This clinical nursing course offered in January term of the senior year builds upon clinical knowledge acquired throughout the curriculum. The course is designed to provide a concentrated clinical experience. Teaching strategies will focus on helping students to analyze the process of making clinical judgments. Students will spend a total of 80 hours in the clinical laboratory setting assessing, planning, and implementing nursing care and evaluating the outcomes of nursing care, especially in an international setting. Discussions will be designed to allow students to analyze and evaluate the multiple issues and situations which impact a Thailand community. Throughout the course students will sharpen their insights into global health issues and cross-cultural understanding as well as careers in international nursing or mission nursing.
The faculty for NURS 495 and IDCC 260 is Debra Loop MSN, RN, CNE and her husband, Greg Loop PhD(c), MA, BA. Debbie is an Associate Professor, Clinical Track in the Department of Nursing and has been employed by Messiah College since 1995. She is credited with designing the course and has been leading this course since 2009. Greg is the VP of Programs at Children’s Home of York and has extensive work in the field of psychology. They are the parents of three daughters, all of which have experienced the Thai culture. Their youngest daughter studied at Chiang Mai University for one semester and plans to return to Thailand upon her graduation at Messiah College to teach English as a second language. This faculty team has developed a “family” with the Thai hosts. Greg can read, write and speak Thai and is knowledgeable of the cultural offerings throughout Chiang Mai. He actively participates in the course as it relates to the cultural learning experiences. Debbie coordinates the course and is responsible for the nursing aspect of the learning experience. Together the faculty team provides a comprehensive and enriching cross-cultural experience. As long as there are 6 or more students enrolled in this course, the course will be offered.