Global Nursing — Expanding Students' Horizons Beyond the Classroom

Concordia University has long-standing worldwide relationships with aligned communities and partner organizations. These strong ties enable the CUAA School of Nursing to fully embrace and join the global effort for better health for all people.

The Community Health and Global Education program gives CUAA nursing students the chance to experience, firsthand, health care in Guatemala, Kenya, and Uganda. Beginning in Summer 2018, two dozen nursing students will work with local providers in both rural and urban areas of these countries to help strengthen the culture of care.

Field Work:

Aspiring nurses will learn about care delivery in low resource settings by helping to design health education programs, household surveys, and health promotion initiatives.

  • In Guatemala, CUAA nursing students will work alongside primary care physicians and nurses to conduct home and clinic vists with a focus on water, sanitation, and hygiene.
  • Work in Kenya will tackle the sweeping challenges of communicable disease control and help to increase a favorable quality of life.
  • Working with partners in Uganda, nursing students will help develop income generating activities with a view to promoting child and maternal health.

These experiences will instill the CUAA nursing community with the value of sustainable community-based programming.

Preparation:

Currently, nursing students are raising funds to support their global education endeavors. Instruction will provide participating students with knowledge about tropical diseases, international health economics, and local languages, while building cultural competence. Additionally, plans are to take much-needed supplies for clinics, women's groups, and child care. Now in its second year, the School of Nursing shares Concordia University's vision for making the world a better place. We're thrilled to embark on the practice of nursing with excellence, integrity, compassion as we serve globally.