Learning Objective 1: 1.Discuss creative strategies that assist in teaching international students to express and conceptualize emotions in English (not their mother-tongue).
Learning Objective 2: 2.Describe the learning process that facilitates the ability to internalize and regulate the cultural context, significance and expression of emotions among international students.
Methods: This project includes two sets of methodologies: (1) the first describes the strategies, including creative games and exercises, to teach students to reflect, process and explore emotional and behavioral regulation in another culture; and (2) the second involves qualitative techniques including content and thematic analysis using student documentation and mentor interviews to learn about student perceptions of emotions and cultural competence.
Results: Nursing students stated that expressing emotions in public is discouraged in their country; however, in the Middle East emotions are vivid, visible and striking. Kelly's theory was effective in aiding faculty to assist students to translate and mediate the differences in the expression of emotions that they encountered. Still, they found the emotions too intense for them, at times.
Conclusions: Creative strategies that gradually intertwine attitudes and beliefs of home cultures with new cultures are useful ways of helping international nursing students to understand and work within a new culture.
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