International exchange program: Findings from Taiwanese graduate nursing students

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Abstract

This study explored Taiwanese graduate nursing students' transcultural experiences in the United States during an international exchange program. A qualitative method with content analysis was used to analyze journal entries on perceptions of American culture, American nursing, and reflections on personal and professional growth written by nine graduate nursing students from Taiwan. The mean age of the participants was 32 (range, 29-45). Taiwanese nursing students perceived American culture as full of hospitality and patriotism, valuing human rights and social welfare, and favoring direct and expressive affection. American nursing was viewed as a combination of independence, confidence, autonomy, and knowledge, with caring being the core element, fostered by an environment conducive to patient care. In personal and professional growth, three themes surfaced: reinforcement of holistic care, nursing without borders, and lifelong learning and changing. American culture and nursing were perceived by Taiwanese students as a paradigm of Western culture valuing individual rights, autonomy, and independence. A caring and supportive patient care environment was a positive perception of American nursing; it was the desired practice standard that was lacking in these students' homeland. Overall, the exchange program was thought by these students to foster their personal and professional growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

Keywords

  • Content analysis
  • Exchange program
  • International education
  • International nursing
  • Transcultural nursing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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