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Preparing culturally and linguistically diverse nursing students for clinical practice in the health care setting

Slack Incorporated
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  • 111099 Nursing Not Elsewhere Classified
  • 130209 Medicine Nursing And Health Curriculum And Pedagogy
  • 209999 Language Communication And Culture Not Elsewhere Classified
  • Nursing Education
  • Foreignstudents
  • Curricula
  • Transitions
  • Higher Education
  • Education
  • Linguistics


The number of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) students seeking enrollment in higher education courses in Western countries where English is the predominant language has grown considerably in the past decade, especially in undergraduate health care courses. When enrolled in nursing courses, students are required to complete clinical placements. Such experiences can create significant challenges for CALD students where language, cultural differences, and interpretation of cultural norms complicate the learning process. To assist CALD nursing students to transition successfully, an extracurricular integrated curriculum program was developed and implemented at a university in Queensland, Australia. The program is a series of interactive workshops based on the principles of caring pedagogy and student-centered learning. The program applies strategies that combine small-group discussions with peers, role-plays, and interactions with final-year nursing student volunteers. Evaluation of the program suggests it has assisted most of the students surveyed to be successful in their clinical studies.

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