Enabling nursing students to focus on the Ottawa ...

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Title Enabling nursing students to focus on the Ottawa Charter and the nurses role in tackling inequalities in health through international exchange
Author(s) C. Aarts, P. M. Nordstrom, L. Koskinen, T. Juhansoo, M. P. Mitchell, F. Marquis, F. Chassé, K. Critchley, B. Campbell, A. Hemingway
Journal Nurse Education Today
Date 2010
Volume 30
Issue 5
Start page 448
End page 452
Abstract Summary Student nurses in a transatlantic exchange program explored the role of registered nurses in five countries’ public health systems. The Ottawa Charter provided a framework for students to examine the nurse’s responsibilities in public health. Students took practice placements in geographically rural areas on another continent and explored inequalities in health care. If nurses are to understand their role in the health care system then they must be taught the scope of their practice including their role in health promotion, public health practice and community development. For this project nursing instructors developed an assignment relevant to the aims and suitable for students in all five nursing programs. Only three of 48 students offered an assignment which focused on building healthy public policy. Nurse educators need to explore this further to ensure nurses of the future are aware of their role and responsibilities in this area and have skills to work effectively to influence and build healthy policy. The international student exchange supported the students’ developing understanding of the breadth of initiatives around the globe where nurses are actively engaged in addressing inequalities of health. Findings from an analysis of their assignments are presented in this evaluative report.
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.10.005

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