NOTE: This course is only open to senior Nursing students. It satisfies NURS 495 as well as the major-specific ELI requirement, and the QuEST cross-cultural requirement.
This course is an alternate Senior Nursing Practicum that occurs in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Students complete a total of eighty hours of clinical experience between the Nakornping Hospital and the Thai community. The course builds upon clinical knowledge acquired throughout the nursing curriculum. In the clinical setting, students will assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care. They will sharpen their insights into global health issues and cross-cultural understanding by analyzing and evaluating principles, issues and situations that affect clinical decision making at the national and international health care level.
As an ELI designated course, students will synthesize, reflect on, connect to, and articulate the value of experiential learning personally and professionally.
For the cross-cultural and ELI components, students examine the history, geography, political environment and culture of Thailand through readings, formal and informal discussion, and visits to cultural and historical sites.
Estimated Course Fee: $5,000
Mel Seitz is an Assistant Professor & Simulation Educator at Messiah College. She has a passion for learning about different cultures. This will be her third time leading the course. Each time she learns more about the history and culture of Thailand. She is also determined to learn the language. So much so that she began studying the Thai language in 2019 and continues to have weekly Thai language lessons. She has extensive travel experience having traveled to fifteen countries. She is excited to return to Thailand in 2021 with a group of students so they can experience the culture, enhance their nursing skills, and increase their cultural awareness.
NURS 495 Senior Practicum in Thailand Syllabus 11_2019.pdf