What Taiwanese Home Healthcare Nurse Managers Expected and Gained from an International Learning Tour

Tuesday, 13 July 2010: 11:10 AM

Mei Tyan, MN, ARNP, PhC
School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to know the implications of an international learning tour for nurse manager professional development

Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to gain ideas to arrange an international learning tour which has optimal effect to professional nurses.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to describe what Taiwanese home healthcare (HHC) nurse managers expected and gained from participating in a US HHC learning tour.

Methods: The data collected from before, during, and after the learning tour. Data collection methods included 1) focus groups from before and during the tour, 2) self-reflection diaries written during the tour, and 3) individual interviews conducted six month after tour. Conventional content analysis was used to analyze the data.

Results: Three themes reflecting the participants’ expectations for the tour were 1) learning major HHC issues and 2) observing US HHC practice. During the tour, the participants reported what they gained from the learning tour, including: 1) learned ways of developing the tools to enhance HHC effectiveness, 2) identified patient outcomes as HHC quality indicators, and 3) shared their vision of future HHC development. Six months after the tour, participants reported that they had gained three insights from the experience, including: 1) inspiration for various ways to help HHC advance in Taiwan, 2) understanding of the need to encourage knowledge sharing, and 3) increasing awareness of social/cultural differences.

Conclusion: The results support that an international learning tour can not only benefit to the participants’ personal and professional development but also to their organizations and the professional community at large.