An online international learning project in an undergraduate children’s nursing programme
evidence and practice    

An online international learning project in an undergraduate children’s nursing programme

Ambra Righetti Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University, Coventry, England
Jason Pritchard Senior lecturer, Coventry University, Coventry, England
Laura Fornoni Responsabile centro formazione, Istituto Giannina Gaslini, Genoa, Italy
Silvia Scelsi Dirigente, Dipartimento delle Professioni Sanitarie, Istituto Giannina Gaslini, Genoa, Italy
Simona Calza Ricercatore, Istituto Giannina Gaslini, Genoa, Italy

Internationalisation of the curriculum (IoC) is a focus for higher education institutions. IoC aims to equip students with essential enhanced skills in relation to becoming global citizens and ensuring that their practice is culturally competent. Undergraduate courses must furnish children’s nursing students with learning opportunities that meet the outcomes of the 2018 Nursing and Midwifery Council standards of proficiency. The standards require that nursing education, supervision and training should provide students with the learning opportunities needed to achieve the desired proficiencies and programme outcomes.

This article analyses and evaluates the implementation of an online international learning (OIL) project in an undergraduate children’s nursing programme in the UK. The pilot project has been identified as a useful and successful teaching method for promoting intercultural awareness among students and provides guidance for future OIL design. Finally, this article offers recommendations on how to address barriers and challenges related to this teaching method.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2019.e1143

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

ac5455@coventry.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Righetti A, Pritchard J, Fornoni L et al (2019) An online international learning project in an undergraduate children’s nursing programme. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2019.e1143

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Professor Maghnie, head of the paediatric clinic, clinical service in paediatric endocrinology and diabetology, IRCCS Istituto Giannina Gaslini, for his dedication to the children’s nursing course in Genoa and support at the start of the collaboration between Coventry University and the University of Genoa; and Viviana Pompei, RN, children’s nursing course tutor, IRCCS Istituto Giannina Gaslini, for her support and commitment to the internationalisation of the curriculum

Disclosure

Ethical approval was gained from Coventry University Ethics Committee – P69347

Published online: 29 April 2019

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