A Qualitative Exploratory Study into the experiences of UK nursing students who have participated in the Kulyaaba scheme, Zambia

Bryans, Elizabeth (2009) A Qualitative Exploratory Study into the experiences of UK nursing students who have participated in the Kulyaaba scheme, Zambia. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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The introduction of study abroad programmes to undergraduate nursing education in the UK has been a relatively new development and literature pertaining to this is therefore limited. A gap in knowledge is especially prominent where student perspectives are concerned. This research was designed to explore the experiences of nursing students who have participated in a popular study abroad programme, Kulyaaba. The question asked was ‘How does participation in Kulyaaba impact the lives of nursing students who experience the phenomenon?’

A hermeneutic phenomenological approach was adopted and an open reflexive account of the research process has been provided to demonstrate rigour. The study was approved by the University of Nottingham Medical School Ethics Committee in August 2008. Data was generated through unstructured interview with 5 former Kulyaaba participants. Analysis, guided by the work of Van Manen (1990) and Greatrex-White (2007), uncovered 4 themes fundamental to the Kulyaaba experience. It is revealed that participation in Kulyaaba has impact for students in terms of Personal Development, Enhanced Cultural Awareness, Professional Development and Increased Desire/Commitment to Help.

Findings have relevance for the Kulyaaba scheme, nursing students, nurse educators, and in the wider study abroad literature. A greater understanding of the phenomenon, Kulyaaba, has enabled recommendations to be made for how the programme could be better tailored to maximise student gain. Research limitations have been acknowledged and while it is recognised that generalisation to all nursing study abroad is not appropriate, it is believed that this study makes a valuable contribution to the sum of necessary knowledge in the subject area. It has been recommended that larger-scale research should adopt similar methodology to further consider study abroad experience from the student nurse perspective.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2009 09:37
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2016 23:19
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/22720

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