Education Abroad: Culture and Nursing in Belize

The application and deposit deadline for the faculty-led education abroad program, Culture and Nursing in Belize, is April 14, 2020. This program is offered for a four-credit course for NUR 352 Exploring Transcultural Nursing. The program, which is scheduled for July 31 – August 7, 2020, is being led by Assistant Professor/Director of Nursing Education Dr. Christa Steffens and Associate Professor of Nursing Stephanie Tippin.

This course will help develop culturally sensitive perspectives on healing modalities of different cultures and their application to current nursing practice. An international experience in Belize will
create a comprehensive understanding and appreciation for global health issues, social determinants of health, and challenges of healthcare delivery in resource-constrained and marginalized communities.

In addition to meeting with a community health workers program and a university’s nursing program, participating students will visit hospitals, nursing homes, a mental health facility, clinics and a residential home for children. This is tentative, but students may be able to do home visits with a local community health worker and conduct a daylong health-style free clinic. There will be one day scheduled for recreation, which could include visiting a beach, cave tubing or another activity.

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