Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

NLN Releases A Vision for Expanding US Nursing Education for Global Health Engagement

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

NLN Releases A Vision for Expanding US Nursing Education for Global Health Engagement

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The National League for Nursing (NLN) believes that nursing education must include engagement with, not just fleeting exposure to, multiple perspectives on global health issues, including emerging public health concerns and diverse cultural beliefs and practices. Nurses must be prepared to practice nursing competently and responsibly in today's world and in the future.

CALL TO ACTION

Increasing threats of infectious diseases, disasters, poverty, conflicts, and oppression generate migrants, immigrants, and refugees, providing US local communities with many opportunities to care for resettled peoples from around the world. These opportunities require significant changes in health care delivery and the educational preparation of nurses: global becomes local (Lenz & Warner, 2011). Global/local or "glocal" refers to having a global understanding of transnational health issues, social determinants, and solutions while using the perspectives to address health care needs at the local level (Rowthorn, 2015).

Nurses must be prepared for global health care by working with vulnerable populations in their local communities, studying abroad in low-resource communities, and working with internationally educated nurses as they migrate to the United States (Kingma, 2006). Building a global perspective with leveled competencies for all types of nursing programs is essential to this preparation (Jogerst et al., 2015). Many nursing programs may not have adequate re-sources for involvement in international travel but will still have opportunities for "glocal" learning.

Rapidly increasing globalization, with immigrant, migrant, and refugee populations, has implications for nursing education and nursing practice. Linking global and local learning has become increasingly relevant to community engagement. Local clinical possibilities for teaching culturally appropriate community-based care have increased. Nurse educators have escalating opportunities to prepare students for engagement with vulnerable populations who tend to have the poorest health outcomes, such as indigenous peoples, immigrants, refugees, and migrants.

The NLN convened a Strategic Action Group to review its past global initiatives and propose recommendations for strengthening nursing education for global engagement. …

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