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Intensive course on transcultural nursing in Giresun, Turkey, was held with the participation of teachers and students of the FHSS USB

News (1.8.2021)

Intensive course on transcultural nursing in Giresun, Turkey, was held with the participation of teachers and students of the FHSS USB

An intensive course on transcultural nursing took place in Giresun, Turkey, from 25 to 31 July as part of an international project involving faculties from seven universities from six countries. The project team was led by Prof. Ayla Yava from Hasan Kalyoncu University in Gaziantep. The project is implemented under the ERASMUS+ KA203 Strategic Partnerships for higher education programme, project title Better & Effective Nursing Education for Improving Transcultural Nursing Skills. Our university is one of the other five universities involved in the project.

The project team from our faculty is led by Prof. Tóthová, who was actively involved in the preparation of the project. One of the aims of the project was to prepare a common content for teaching transcultural nursing and to use this new content to prepare an intensive course for students. This phase of the project was carried out after a detailed analysis of the content of transcultural nursing education in each country, the teaching methods used, and literature search. An instrument was also developed to assess students' knowledge, attitudes and opinions on transcultural nursing. The intensive course was to be attended by four students from each country or faculty and the academic staff who provided the teaching. Our faculty was represented by three students from the General Nursing programme and one from the Paediatric Nursing programme, namely: Karolína Růžičková, Elena Herdová, Kateřina Janků and Barbora Pekarková.  The teachers involved Dr. Hellerová and Associate Professor Trešlová participated under the guidance of Professor Tóthová.

Teaching topics were distributed among the groups according to nationality. Our group was to provide teaching on the following topics: Basic Concept of Transcultural Nursing and Culture, Health, and Illness. Teachers from all countries elaborated their contributions in a very interesting way – besides lectures, they included teamwork for national and international groups in which the students were supposed to learn to cooperate and respect cultural specifics of the group members. "The intensive course was interesting not only for the students but also for the lecturers, as all participants had an opportunity to observe what teaching methods and group work are used at foreign universities for teaching certain topics," summarized Prof. PhDr. Valérie Tóthová, Ph.D., Vice-Dean for Science and Research and Director of the Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Emergency Care at the Faculty of Science of the FHSS USB.

Prior to the intensive course, students completed a questionnaire regarding the assessment of knowledge, attitudes and opinions in transcultural nursing. After the course, another assessment was done to determine the students´ progress. The programme was very demanding, with classes starting at 9am each day and finishing at 4pm, sometimes later. There was always an interesting additional programme for the late afternoon and evening classes - a visit to a hospital, students´ presentations on cultural traditions of their countries, and presentation of culinary peculiarities, including degustation of traditional dishes prepared by the students and products they had brought from their countries. Our students handed around Karlovy Vary wafers, Hořice tubes, Pardubice gingerbread and Hašlerky mints, and came up with a very nice and interesting presentation about the Czech Republic, our city, university, faculty and some specific cultural peculiarities. "Our students were excellent, they were actively involved in group work, presented their results excellently, participated in all activities, even though at times it was very challenging for them. Not only because everything was done in English, but also because they were in a different cultural environment where several other cultures met at the same time. We were very happy for them and very proud of them. They represented our faculty and our culture perfectly and by their behaviour, appearance and dress they showed that they also respect the tradition and peculiarities of other cultures," said Prof. Tóthová.

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