Innovation in Education, Research and Health Care
The School of Nursing has a long history of being at the forefront of advances in nursing education. The legacy continues as the University of Kansas School of Nursing expands its global health nursing opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students, and faculty members. According to the fall 2017, edition of The National League for Nursing Report "nursing education must include engagement with, not just fleeting exposure to, and multiple perspectives on global health issues, including emerging public health concerns and diverse cultural beliefs and practices."
KU nursing students have traveled to other countries as part of their clinical experiences for almost 20 years. In January 2017, 23 undergraduate students, two graduate students and five faculty members traveled to Belgium, Uganda, India and Guatemala. These trips provide students the opportunity to observe medical care and traditions in other countries and different cultures, enhancing their ability to treat patients in the United States from other cultures.
New initiatives led by Dr. Nelda Godfrey, Ph.D., RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, associate dean for Innovative Partnerships and Practice, include plans to continue to send students and faculty abroad and along with a more active effort to encourage students, nurse practitioners and faculty members from other countries to come to KU to participate in observerships with the School of Nursing faculty and students. Students who come to the United States to observe our practices gain knowledge about an assortment of treatments that will benefit them and their patients when they return to their home country.
Global health can be defined as an area for study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasizes transnational health issues, determinates and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population based prevention with individual-level clinical care.