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|Title:||BScN STUDENTS’ REENTRY PROCESS FOLLOWING AN INTERNATIONAL IMMERSIVE GLOBAL HEALTH CLINICAL EXPERIENCE: A CONSTRUCTIVIST GROUNDED THEORY STUDY|
|Keywords:||Global health education, global health clinical experiences, reentry process, constructivist grounded theory|
|Abstract:||Canadian undergraduate nursing programs have incorporated global health concepts and experiences in their curricula as these are elements of Registered Nurses’ entry-level practice competencies. With their knowledge of global health concepts, nursing students are aware of local, national, and international populations’ health needs. While there are multiple ways of promoting such knowledge, many nursing programs include optional clinical experiences abroad. This dissertation explored nursing students’ reentry process following immersive global health clinical experiences in resource-limited international settings. Charmaz’s Constructivist Grounded Theory approach was used and led to the development of a substantive theory named Reentry Process Theory. Data was gathered through face-to-face in-depth interviews with 20 participants recruited for the study, including Level 4 nursing students, nursing alumni, and faculty from a School of Nursing in Ontario. Data analysis identified 4 conceptual categories that explain processes embedded in participants’ reentry experiences: adjusting to being back, seeking understanding, making meaningful connections, and discovering a new self. Findings revealed the importance of understanding experiences and factors that impact the lives of nursing students who have lived and studied in resource-limited international settings not only in their role as students but also as individuals and soon to become professional nurses. Recommendations are made for education, research, policy and for future undergraduate students pursuing a global health clinical experience.|
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