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An Asynchronous Innovative International Approach to Teaching Transcultural Nursing Online. Karrie Ingalsbe, PhD, RN Lynn Kennell, MS, RN MCN at Illinois State University, Illinois, USA. Brief overview of the project :.

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An asynchronous innovative international approach to teaching transcultural nursing online

An Asynchronous Innovative International Approach to Teaching Transcultural Nursing Online

Karrie Ingalsbe, PhD, RN

Lynn Kennell, MS, RN

MCN at Illinois State University, Illinois, USA


Brief overview of the project
Brief overview of the project Teaching Transcultural Nursing Online:

  • Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University’s (MCN-ISU)course entitled “Cultural and Spiritual Dimensions of Health Care”

  • Swedish Polytechnic’s course, in Finland, (SPF) entitled “Ethics and Crosscultural Understanding”


Mcn students
MCN Students Teaching Transcultural Nursing Online

  • Prelicensure students—all are on campus at ISU

  • In Spring semester, there are 50-70 prelicensure students enrolled.

  • There are 5-15 RN-BSN students each semester


Swedish polytechnic students
Swedish Polytechnic Students Teaching Transcultural Nursing Online

  • Consists of both students from the Degree Program in Nursing, which is a multicultural group, and the Swedish Program in Nursing

  • Usually about 15 participants

  • Teaching Methods are mainly based on ”Problem Based Learning”

  • The student has to be an active participant in the course


Common threads between 2 courses
Common threads between Teaching Transcultural Nursing Online2 courses:

  • Diverse student populations

  • Use of case studies

    • “Typical” Finnish family

    • “Typical” American family

    • Muslim family

  • Focus on the application of transcultural theory (specifically, Leininger’s Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality)


Preliminary preparation
Preliminary preparation: Teaching Transcultural Nursing Online

  • Creating and exchanging case studies for Finnish, Muslim, and American cultures

  • Obtaining list of Swedish Polytechnic students and getting email addresses (asynchronous)

  • Photographs of American students sent via email to Swedish Polytechnic

  • Working with MCN’s faculty technical support staff to create a closed chat room (synchronous)

  • Preparing students for experience


Communication between students
Communication between students: Teaching Transcultural Nursing Online

  • Initial synchronous encounter on Java Website 9/24/02

  • Students email each other to arrange times for chat room encounters

  • Faculty meet online with students and facilitate interactions as needed.


Advantages of working internationally
Advantages of Working Internationally Teaching Transcultural Nursing Online

  • Students get reality-based, actual knowledge by interviewing each other through cyberspace

  • Students have an opportunity to use modern technology to gain knowledge

  • Students in Finland learn about Finnish health and social welfare by answering questions from the American students



Disadvantages of working internationally
Disadvantages of Working Internationally when explaining services to SPF students

  • Lack of knowledge in working with computer and difficulties in handling problem situations depending on the computer system or network

  • Anonymity in the interview situation—lack of face-to-face contact

  • Distance to the informant


Student feedback
Student Feedback when explaining services to SPF students

  • Fun!

  • Interesting, learned a lot, both about America and about working with computer

  • Difficult when working at the same time, time difference makes it difficult

  • Difficult when you are not used to working in English or with the computer

  • A lot of supervision is needed, but it’s fun

  • Why don’t we have the same course, and why can’t we get into each other’s courses on the net?


Completion of projects
Completion of Projects when explaining services to SPF students

  • Case Studies

  • Culturalogical Assessments

  • Culturally Competent Nursing Care Plans


Case studies
Case Studies: when explaining services to SPF students

  • Students must select 2 cultural case studies

  • Finnish students assisted Mennonite students in answering the Finnish case study

  • Mennonite students assisted Finnish students in answering the Mid-western American case study

  • Interactions were conducted via email

  • Case study responses were posted on WebCT


Culturalogical assessments
Culturalogical Assessments: when explaining services to SPF students

  • Several Mennonite students chose to complete this assessment on a Swedish Polytechnic Finland student

  • The Culturalogical Assessment Form was emailed to a SPF student who was asked to respond to the questions (sent: html)

  • The same was true for Mennonite students

  • Students who allowed for follow-up questioning demonstrated a more comprehensive assessment


Where do we go from here
Where do we go from here? when explaining services to SPF students

  • Assess the students’ knowledge in computer-based learning

  • Plan the timetable, suitable for both partners

    • Encourage students to begin early to allow for more frequent email interactions & more depth in assignment completion

  • Create common courses accepted as study achievements at all involved Polytechnics and Universities


The sky s the limit
The Sky’s the Limit!! when explaining services to SPF students

  • Contact us if you have more questions

  • Be ready for some frustration, but lots of rewards

  • Know that you are making the world a more peaceable kingdom, one contact at a time!


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