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Experiences of Study Exchange Program in Australia from Asian Nursing Students` Perspectives

Rei-Mei Hong1* and Lisa Hee2
1School of Nursing, Graduate Institute of Nursing, Chang-Gung University of Science and Technology, Chiayi Campus, Taiwan
2School of Nursing, Central Queensland University, Brisbane, Australia
Corresponding Author : Rei-Mei Hong
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Received: May 22, 2015 Accepted: July 22, 2015 Published: July 29, 2015
Citation: Hong RM, Hee L (2015) Experiences of Study Exchange Program in Australia from Asian Nursing Students’ Perspectives. J Nurs Care 4:286. doi:10.4172/2167-1168.1000286
Copyright: © 2015 Rei-Mei Hong, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

Exchange programs are an important educational activity for student nurses. Each year, eight student nurses from a Taiwan University are chosen to go to Brisbane, Australia for one month as part of an exchange program. At the nursing exchange program, they not only attended labs, tutorials, simulations, lectures, and workshops, but also visited hospitals and aged care facilities. An explorative and descriptive approach was used to examine the experiences of eight student nurses. Four categories emerged from the analysis: 1) “Help from friendly environment,” 2) “having eye-opening experiences,” 3) “feeling home sick,” and 4) “feeling culture shock.” Although several studies have found similar findings, no recent studies discussing the experiences of Asian students in exchange programs in Western countries were found. The findings provide potential insight into the Asian students’ experiences of exchange programs in Western countries. Nurse educators can consider these perspectives in planning educational exchange program in the future and inform future potential participants what to expect during the program.

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