Sunday, November 4, 2007

This presentation is part of : International Team Projects
International Preceptorship: A Collaborative Effort between Three STT Chapters, one University and Local Physicians to Serve FNP Students and Rural Villagers in the Dominican Republic
Gretchen Schumacher, PhD, CRNP, NP-C, School of Nursing, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA and Kerry Risco, MSN, CRNP, NP-C, Department of Nursing, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, USA.
Learning Objective #1: Relate the process of collaboration on an international service learning project
Learning Objective #2: Summarize the reflections and knowledge acquired in an authentic global health precepted clinical experience

International preceptorship: A collaborative effort between 3 STT chapters, 1 university and local physicians to serve FNP students and rural villagers in the Dominican Republic


Sigma Theta Tau International is committed to promoting a community of nurses who lead in nursing knowledge, cultural diversity and service learning thorough international initiatives. Not all academic settings possess ample connections and resources for sustaining large international endeavors.  One such nursing department, combined the resources of the university, 3 local STT chapters and local physicians to create a preceptored FNP clinical experience in 5 rural villages of the Dominican Republic.  14 graduate students, 4 undergraduate students, faculty and local physicians formulated the service learning team. The endeavor promoted global health through collaborative efforts.

            This presentation will describe the effort in the Dominican Republic and share measures used to promote and facilitate collaboration in order to secure resources. Faculty and student perspectives related to the application of learning in the international environment will be shared. Tips and suggestions for enhancing collaboration and lessons learned from the experience will also be described for replicating the effort in similar circumstances and settings.