NU 339/539 Nursing Global Service Learning

Limón, Nicaragua

  • Travel Dates: August 5-15, 2017
  • 2 Credits (tuition included in Fall 2017 semester)
  • Prerequisites: NU 234, NU 302, NU 331; and permission of the instructor
Course Description
This course will provide a culturally rich and diverse global service learning experience. Students will engage in didactic and experiential learning activities as part of a structured host country placement while serving vulnerable populations in Nicaragua. This course will enable students to collaborate with community partners to enhance generalist nursing knowledge and skills in the areas of community-focused health promotion, cultural competence, capacity building, and social justice. The course is designed within the framework of Marymount’s BSN curriculum that is based upon The American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008), and the American Nurses Association’s Scope and Standards of Practice (2010). These combined frameworks provide students with clear direction that addresses patient values, communication, critical thinking, health promotion, disease prevention, and health assessment across the lifespan. Knowledge and skills from previous nursing courses, and concepts from the arts and basic sciences establish the foundation for this course. 

Learning Objectives
Through participation in this course students will:
  • Describe the social determinants of health and their impact the health of Nicaraguan populations
  • Discuss key concepts related to social justice impacting nursing practice
  • Utilize critical thinking in demonstrating evidence-based competent, caring and culturally sensitive nursing practice to facilitate optimal health outcomes
  • Evaluate inter-professional initiatives to enhance community-focused healthcare
  • Implement health promotion activities that optimize community capacity and individual health outcomes.
Faculty: Dr. Faith Claman

Additional Resources
Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children
Slideshow of 2015 NU 339 Program

Program Cost

Tuition (2 Credits): No extra charge if students are under 18 credits for Fall 2017 semester. If over 18 credits in Fall 2017 then students will have to pay for two 2017-18 credits.

Program Fee: $1,100*
The Program Fee includes:
  • Round-trip International Airfare
  • Housing
  • Transportation to site visits and program activities
  • Daily breakfast & lunch
  • International medical and emergency travel insurance
* The program fee does not include textbooks or personal expenses. Marymount University reserves the right to make any necessary changes, including adjustments in cost, in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Financial aid may be applied to Study Abroad programs. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office. Students are responsible for making all payments to Marymount University by the specified deadlines.

Application Information
To apply for this program, students must be in good academic standing with a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA. Applicants must submit the online application Admission is made on a rolling basis. Students will be updated regarding their application status within three weeks of submitting their application.

Application Deadline: February 21, 2017