The Global Nursing Initiative aims to promote the delivery of culturally- congruent and competent care to diverse population in the region. This goal is supported by the application and further development of transcultural nursing as a field of study focusing on caring that is humanistic, holistic and supportive of diverse values, beliefs and practices of individuals, families and communities.
The Global Nursing Initiative's mission is supported by its activities emphasizing the five areas of education, research, practice, consultation and policy-making. Specific activities for each component are listed below:
- Provide programs to enhance educational achievement of culturally diverse nursing students.
- Offer programs to increase cultural knowledge, sensitivity and competence of health care practitioners.
- Design curricula that integrate transcultural nursing and provide experiences in diversity.
- Implement programs in preparation for certification in transcultural nursing.
- Evaluate outcomes of transcultural models of care delivery for targeted populations.
- Evaluate outcomes of cultural competence and transcultural leadership.
- Assess outcomes of cultural congruent care on health and illness patterns among diverse groups.
- Determine effectiveness of transcultural health care policy on target populations.
- Evaluate educational outcomes of transcultural nursing curricula/programs.
- Design and implement transcultural models of care delivery specific to cultural groups.
- Implement programs to enhance transcultural leadership and intercultural communication.
- Initiate change models for developing effective organizational culture.
- Provide mentoring opportunities for staff development in cultural competence, cultural conflict management and cultural brokering.
- Provide expertise to individuals, groups, organizations and communities in needs assessment, program planning and implementation, and outcomes evaluation.
- Provide linkage to a network of scholars, experts and other resources in transcultural nursing.
- Develop policies to implement transcultural principles in care delivery and workforce management.
- Collaborate with community in influencing policy development on health care for diverse populations.
- Facilitate development of educational policies responsive to needs of culturally diverse practitioners.
All programs have CEU credits with some courses offered for graduate credits. Courses and programs are offered to graduate and undergraduate students as well as other healthcare professionals.
Writing and Publishing Workshop: (Fall and Spring Semesters)
Designed for graduate and undergraduate students and beginning authors with emphasis on graduate level writing, writing a research report and beginning publications. Tips on academic writing, researching the literature and using the APA standards for publication are included. This one-day workshop consists of didactic, writing exercises and critique of written paragraphs.
Transcultural Nursing Offerings: (Fall and Spring Semesters)
Educational programs and courses in transcultural nursing are offered on site and off-campus. Programs are focused on cultural competence development in leadership, communication and caring, theories and models of culturally congruent care delivery and care delivery, cultural research methods, and culture-specific strategies in caring and management.
In addition to the faculty at the institute, transcultural nursing theorists and scholars comprise the cadre of presenters and lecturers. These include Drs. Madeliene Leininger (theorist and founder of transcultural nursing), Larry Purnell (author and international lecturer in cultural competence), Joyceen Boyle (author, community health nursing expert and senior editor of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing) and Rick Zoucha (qualitative researcher and Director of the PhD program at Duquesne University).
Summer Travelearn Course Abroad
Designed as a cultural immersion, the course provides students an understanding of the cultural context of nursing and healthcare. Open to graduate and undergraduate nursing students as well as other individuals interested in health care and/or in-depth cultural understanding. The course includes ethnographic research experience in global context with a focus on gaining comparative knowledge of transcultural health care systems, nursing and caring constructs. Course requirements adapted to participants’ objectives.
Off-Campus Presentations (Year round)
These presentations and programs are offered off-campus targeting specific audiences and objectives. Topics are generally geared to cultural competence development of multidisciplinary staff, culturally congruent care for specific ethnic, age and clinical groups, teaching diverse clients and student populations, team building in diverse workforce, etc. These topics are collaboratively planned with the on-site program planners.
Consultation services are designed to address specific needs and problems in healthcare organizations. Faculty experts provide consultations to various healthcare organizations, professional associations and regulatory agencies. These consultations have focused on transforming organizational culture, staff cultural competence development, acculturation of recruited foreign nurse graduates, mentoring foreign graduate nurses, resolving cultural conflicts, developing guidelines for implementing standards for cultural and linguistic competent care delivery. Services are designed in collaboration with the organization/agency based on comprehensive assessment data.
Wellness Center: Community Gerontologic Action Research Project
Began as a grant-funded initiative through the Helene Fuld Trust, this on-going project provides weekly culturally and linguistically congruent health promotion and empowerment of residents in a senior housing in Elizabeth, NJ. Faculty and MSN students with expertise in community, health promotion and transcultural nursing provide year-round services to elderly African-American, Hispanic, Anglo-American and Russian patients. The Center also serves as a clinical site for some courses in both undergraduate and graduate students as well as a site for ongoing outcomes research by faculty and MSN students. Experiences in developing community partnerships and collaborative health promotion are some of the skills that are developed through the center.