Nursing Service Learning: International community nursing placements
These partnerships offer undergraduate nursing students a learning experience in several countries. In each case, the program aims to support undergraduate nursing students' community competence and to expand their cultural competence with an opportunity to experience community life and work in a culturally diverse environment.
Tanzania: The program aims to improve the health of Tanzanian community members in Dar es Salam and provides ECU students with an opportunity to work and live in a diverse environment. The partnership is focused on developing a sense of citizenship among nursing students so they can see the role of nurses in a broader sense and develop ideas on how they will function as a resource for the wider community.
In 2010, four final year ECU nursing students and five clinical supervisors joined with 16 other nursing students from Curtin University, University of Notre Dame, University of Western Australia and Murdoch University to travel to Tanzania to carry out health assessments and clinical care in both the Tanzanian public and private hospital systems.
Laos and Thailand: The program in Thailand is in its 10th year, with ECU nursing students immersing themselves into Thai culture. They also had the opportunity to work alongside local staff and community members to identify health problems and the systems that operate to address those issues.
This program is linked to the undergraduate-nursing curriculum and requires students to demonstrate safe, competent nursing within the community setting. The program in Laos commenced in 2011 and eight students and a clinical supervisor visited regional community sites to undertake health assessments and co-ordinate health education programs for the community members.
Philippines: This partnership is in development and will offer undergraduate nursing students an international learning experience in community health in Manila.
ECU has also established a strong articulation program with Arellano University with an international and domestic program now approved. A student exchange program is now underway.
In 2011, the first two students started studying at ECU and ECU is hosting a group of students, family and faculty on a visit to Joondalup Campus to expand the relationship.
Key ECU Staff
Associate Professor Christopher Churchouse, Gina Mata.
Global Health Alliance Western Australia (GHAWA), WA Health Department, Nursing and Midwifery Office, Walalaik University (Thailand), Antpodeans Abroad (Laos), Arellano University (Philippines).