Exploring nursing roles across North American borders

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Title Exploring nursing roles across North American borders
Author(s) A. F. Fuehn, A. Chircop, B. Downe-Wamboldt, D. Sheppard-LeMoine, Donna A. Murnaghan, J. Elliott, K. Critchley, N. S. MacNaughton, L. M?ndez, L. Wittstock, G. Ram?rez, S. Arteaga, S. Espinoza, Rosemary Herbert, T. Judge-Ellis, V. C?rdenas
Journal Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
Date 2005
Volume 36
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Start page 153
Abstract Professional nurses are challenged by the increasing complexity of their own healthcare delivery systems and by the growing interconnectivity of healthcare systems worldwide. There are increasing calls for practice across boundaries; however, the role and scope of nursing practice within individual countries are often unclear, ill-defined, and misunderstood by nurses from other countries. In this collaborative educational project among six schools of nursing located in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, nursing students and faculty are exploring the role of the nurse within each country's healthcare system while striving to develop their multicultural awareness. Participating faculty describe the process, challenges, and keys to success found in creating and living this international project. They share strategies for addressing challenges, which included meeting deadlines, time differences, differing academic schedules, writing joint documents in two languages, designing and presenting a shared course, and creating an exchange process between the six partner schools. They describe the evolution of their working relationships, the language challenges, and the joy of coming together as newfound colleagues and friends.
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