Developing Cultural Humility During Short-Term Study Abroad Immersion

Katheryn R. Fernandez


Background: Cultural humility is an essential part of nursing education and practice today. We often teach cultural competence but do not take it further to develop the cultural humility needed for an understanding of being and becoming in today’s global environment. Method: This article describes a ten-day immersive study abroad experience to Mexico using strategies to develop cultural humility. Cultural immersion is a high impact practice and was used along with reflective writing and debriefing. Results: Cultural humility did emerge because of the trip to Mexico. Strategies used to develop this were reflective writings, discussions, debriefing and cultural immersion. These emerged as strong strategies to use in study abroad experiences. Conclusion: Nursing students can develop cultural humility during short-term immersion trips to Mexico. Further study of these strategies are needed to develop further knowledge of cultural humility and its impact on developing culturally congruent health care, reducing health disparities and promoting health equity.

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International Journal of Studies in Nursing  ISSN 2424-9653 (Print)  ISSN 2529-7317 (Online)

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