NURS 495 LUN is the Alternate Senior Practicum course at Macha Hospital, Zambia. The course will provide opportunities for nursing students to synthesize theoretical knowledge, clinical skills, nursing process, and professional role behaviors with an emphasis on global health issues, with an understanding of cultural diversity and cross-cultural issues from a cultural humility approach. The clinical experience will focus on the care of patient groups in a rural African community greatly impacted by the diseases of poverty targeted by the Global Fund: HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Estimated Course Fee: $4,600
NOTE: This course is only open to senior Nursing students. It satisfies NURS 493 as well as the general education cross-cultural requirement.
Dr. Wanda Thuma-McDermond is an Associate Professor of Nursing with a specialty interest in Community/Public Health Nursing. She was born and bred at Macha so she always welcomes the opportunity to share her “home village” with others. Wanda has led five J-term Alternate Senior Practicums with nursing students (and others) to Macha, and also a more traditional cross-cultural course in May-June 2012. Her passport is so full she has had to get extra pages, but is willing to fill those too since she believes the Zambian people around Macha can teach us so much.