Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to identify the need for increased cultural competence in both nursing and pharmacy students
Learning Objective 2: the learner will be able to describe the impact of an interdisciplinary immersion experience on cultural competence of select nursing and pharmacy students
Methods: A small group of baccalaureate nursing students and pharmacy students in a small college in Buffalo, NY, USA were selected to participate in a one week medical relief trip to the Haiti. The group was pre/post tested using “Inventory for assessing the Process of Cultural Competence Among Healthcare Professionals-Student Version.” They were required to complete reflective journaling exercises, participate in group discussions and their experiences were compiled and responses analyzed/compared.
Results: At the time of this writing, analysis has not been completed. However, researchers anticipate significant results from this study to be available for presentation at the 24th Annual Nursing Research Congress 2013
Conclusion: Following completion of research statistics, the authors will identify future implications for nursing education and the nursing profession as well as interdisciplinary education and global health. Researchers will include information that will look for innovations in student learning experience and integrating service learning into curriculum along with cultural competence.