A discussion of nursing students' experiences of culture shock during an international clinical placement and the clinical facilitators' role

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Abstract

Aim: This paper examines the meaning and experience of culture shock for nursing students undertaking an international clinical placement (ICP) and the role of the clinical facilitator.

Results: Oberg’s four stages of adapting to culture shock were aligned to anecdotal conversations with nursing students on an ICP. All four stages were identified in anecdotal conversations with the students. Support by the accompanying clinical facilitator is pivotalin overcoming culture shock and maximising the learning experience.

Conclusion: It is essential that students are prepared for the change in cultural norms and are supported by the academic staff to work through the processes required to adapt to culture shock. Planning and preparation prior to departure is essential to assist with managing culture shock with an emphasis on the inclusion of cultural norms and beliefs. The role of the facilitator is crucial to guide and support the students through the culture shock process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to) 348-354
Number of pages7
JournalContemporary Nurse
Volume53
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

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