Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Global Service. Learning in Nursing

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Global Service. Learning in Nursing

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Global Service. Learning in Nursing edited by Tamara H. McKinnon, MS, RN, and Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN; New York: National League for Nursing, 2011; 181 pages, $29.95 nonmembers, $24.95, members (soft cover)

SERVICE-LEARNING IS AN INCREASINGLY PRESENT BUZZWORD IN TODAY'S ACADEMIC CIRCLES. We want our students to learn not only from books and lectures, but through experiences that involve giving back to our communities. Our clinical encounters in nursing have been providing such experiences for decades. As globalization makes cultural competence imperative to patient-centered care, this background has made our expansion to global service-learning an exciting and natural progression.

A diverse and gifted team of contributors to Global Service-Learning in Nursing explores what it takes to develop, sustain, and strengthen global service-learning (GSL) programs. Through case studies and anecdotes, established theory and trial and error, they share a collaboratively designed standardized method, a toolkit for nurse leaders who want to design lasting, effective programs. The collective experiences they share are valuable, and the differing perspectives and writing styles keep the book interesting while never sacrificing the quality of the content. Readers will particularly enjoy the exemplars of successful endeavors contrasted with what happens when great ideas don't produce the results that had been expected. …

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