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Nurses provide care for people from a variety of cultures. UW-Eau Claire offers opportunities to learn about nursing care and other cultures through hands-on clinical experiences. Students learn how culture and lifestyle impact health care practices.  

They learn the importance of communication between health care providers and people of different cultures. It helps to broaden the students' perspective of caring. Cultural nursing clinical immersion experiences help students understand their own culture better and appreciate the differences of a patient's culture. Students learn to be flexible and develop confidence, independence and a more global perspective to problem solving.

Student nurses make house calls on the farm

An innovative program gets UW-Eau Claire nursing students out in the field and on the farm, bringing health screenings and safety information to immigrant and rural farm workers.

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Cultural Immersion Experiences in Nursing

Nursing has the unique perspective of caring for people in every culture around the world. We offer opportunities to learn about nursing care and cultures through hands-on clinical experiences. You will learn how culture and lifestyle impacts health care practices, the importance of communication between and among people of all cultures, and expand your perspective of caring. 

No matter where you are in the world, nurses are needed. Across the street or on another continent, as a nurse, you will encounter people with health needs. Cultural immersion nursing experiences will help you to assist people with those needs and understand your own culture better. You will be able to demonstrate that you are flexible and develop confidence and independence. You will gain a more global perspective to problem solving. This experience will expand the opportunities for the type of nursing that you want to pursue. 

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Current Experiences

"Long before the white man came, there lived on the North American continent a people who called themselves the Dakotas". M.O. Skarsten. Rosebud Reservation, home of the Lakota Sioux Nation, is the setting for this program which promotes healthcare for children and families within the context of the community. Students provide care at the Rosebud Comprehensive Health Care Facility and in the community with the Public Health Nursing Department.

Students participate in a week-long cultural nursing clinical immersion experience in El Salvador. They stay at Casa Concordia, an orphanage and guest house in San Salvador, which serves as a home base from which the students venture out to various facilities, including schools, a homeless shelter, and a palliative care hospital, and to more rural areas of the country.

"Long before the white man came, there lived on the North American continent a people who called themselves the Dakotas". M.O. Skarsten. Rosebud Reservation, home of the Lakota Sioux Nation, is the setting for this program which promotes healthcare for children and families within the context of the community. Students provide care at the Rosebud Comprehensive Health Care Facility and in the community with the Public Health Nursing Department.

Students participate in a week-long cultural nursing clinical immersion experience in El Salvador.  They stay at Casa Concordia, an orphanage and guest house in San Salvador, which serves as a home base from which the students venture out to various facilities, including schools, a homeless shelter, and a palliative care hospital, and to more rural areas of the country.

Plain yellow buildings bordered by gardens. Clotheslines swaying in the breeze. Dogs and cats lazing in the sun. This is the setting of Holy Family Birth Center in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley about 10 miles from the Texas- Mexico border.  

Beginning as a clinic, the nurse-managed birth center is now a non-profit organization dedicated to maternal and infant care within the context of the family. Nursing students interested in the Hispanic culture and childbirth will benefit from working intimately with nurses, midwives, and families to provide simple, holistic, and compassionate care in a communal environment.

“The Costa Rica Study Abroad Summer Nursing Program is an exciting adventure offered by the University. This program offers so much more than just a trip to a beautiful country. As a nurse, your patients will be diverse, including different religions, cultures, and personalities. If the lush rain forest, magnificent waterfalls, or erupting volcanoes are not enough to stick with you in your life time, the people you meet and the knowledge you gain from living in another country like Costa Rica will definitely change your life.”
-Lauren Oas, nursing student

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