Nursing students hold annual culture presentation, learn about international nursing practices  

Last month, senior year students in the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing held their annual culture presentation for the Community Health Nursing class.

The course assignment was to creatively present information on various cultures focusing on health disparities, nursing implications, health beliefs and practices, artifacts, spirituality, nutrition and other salient aspects of lifestyle. Students put together display presentations, wore national attire and prepared samples of dishes that represent their respective countries to treat class participants and instructors.

“The students did an excellent job and everyone in the class earned 100% on the assignment,” stated Sarah M. Ware, assistant professor in the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing and the class instructor.

“We enjoyed the class and learned a lot preparing for the cultural presentation. It is important to know that health beliefs and practices vary for different countries and we as future nurses need to be aware of that,” shared Melony Corley.

Jodie Sartin added, “I absolutely agree. For example, in some cultures there is the belief that female nurses should take care of female patients, and male nurses deal with male patients. And nurses should have that information to understand where patients are coming from to be able to provide the best possible care.”

Hester Brown, stated, "This project was very helpful for our profession because it gave us the opportunity to learn about different cultures that we may encounter in our nursing career. This new information will help us to provide more culturally competent care to our patients so they can be cared for appropriately and have a better health care experience. It was a very fun project." 

Nursing Culture Presentation 2011 China 

Pictured L to R: Kiara Allen and Brittany Jackson representing China.

Nursing Culture Presentation 2011 India 

Pictured L to R: Hester Brown and Mary LaFrancis representing India.

Nursing Culture Presentation 2011 Italy 

Picture L to R: Shanda' Goldsberry and Ambroshia Hope representing Italy.