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The purpose of this research was to assess the impact of study abroad on nursing students’ perspectives of cultural competency. This study used a survey tool to assess demographics and cultural competency before and after a nursing study abroad to Ghana. Students completed pre- and post-trip surveys. A modified Giorgi method was used to analyze qualitative data and a one-tailed, paired t-test to analyze quantitative data. Themes identified included 1) using a theoretical approach prior to the trip, 2) developing an application of cultural competency post-trip, and 3) gaining a better understanding of own culture and nursing universality. Cultural competency scores significantly increased post-trip. The findings suggest that study abroad increases nursing students’ perspectives about providing culturally competent care. Students gained experience and skill related to cultural competency prior to nursing practice; therefore, study abroad should be utilized in nursing curricula.
Minix, Megan, "The Impact of Study Abroad on Cultural Competence" (2020). Student Scholars Day Posters. 36.