Effects of a global health nursing program on Vietnamese and South Korean students

Sunjoo Kang, Thi Thuy Trang Ho, Thi Anh Phuong Nguyen


This study evaluated the improvement of global health nursing knowledge and attitude of participants in a program developed using a students’ needs assessment about global health nursing competency that was obtained in a previous study. The program comprised a lecture, group work, and field activities based on six global health nursing competence modules over a one-week period. Sixty individuals participated: thirty from South Korea and thirty from Vietnam. A pre-post survey was undertaken to measure knowledge change, and thematic content analysis was used to further understand attitude change. The overall score increased from 21.02 ± 3.36 before the program to 28.10 ± 6.56 after the program, showing a statistically significant difference (p < .05). The change in the perception of knowledge on the healthcare system was high (from 1.53 ± 0.63 to 3.37 ± 4.23; p < .001), however a difference in perception of knowledge of the functions of the United Nations and World Health Organization was not significant after the program for Vietnam students (p < .293). Ten sub-themes of thematic content were derived and regrouped into five themes, resulting in three domains: global health competence, global leadership competence, and cultural competence. The global health nursing program grew students’ knowledge and attitudes. Further studies on the long-term program effects are needed to generalize the global health nursing program.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v6n9p135

Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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