||Japanese undergraduate nursing students with international exchange experience anticipate a probability of providing care to foreign nationals as a nurse
Nishihara, Mika ,
Tanaka, Junichi ,
Manago, Yuka ,
Sakata, Kotsuki ,
Kubo, NatsuwaOhnishi, Mayumi
80 , 2017-01 , 長崎大学大学院医歯薬学総合研究科保健学専攻
Aim : This study was performed to examine the association between nursing students’ knowledge and interest regarding foreign resident medical health challenges and experience of international exchange as part of an evaluation of global health educational programs.
Methods: An anonymous self-administered structured questionnaire survey was conducted among 78 nursing students in their 4th year of study at a university in August 2015. The questionnaire elicited responses related to knowledge and interest regarding foreign residents’ medical health challenges in Japan, likelihood of caring for foreign nationals as nurses, and experience related to international exchange.
Results: Among68（91.9%） study participants, 23（33.8%） responded they were aware of medical health challenges of foreign residents. There were significant differences in knowledge and interest scores regarding foreign residents’ medical health challenges according to experience of international exchange （Mann–Whitney U test, P=0.003）. The Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient between level of interest regarding foreign residents’ medical health challenges in Japan, as measured using a visual analog scale（ VAS）, and international exchange experience score was 0.315（P=0.009）.
Conclusions: The majority of nursing students understood the likelihood of caring for foreign nationals in medical health service provision, although they did not have interest in the associated issues. Nursing students that participated in international exchange tended to show greater interest in international/global issues, including foreign residents’ medical health challenges.