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International communication: an investigation into the learning experiences of British and Russian student nurses

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Following student exchanges between The Northern College of Nursing in Salford and Medical College Number 1, St Petersburg, this study investigates the potential value of international communication for student nurses in both Russia and the United Kingdom. The purpose of the exchange was to maintain communication between the colleges and help with the development of their curriculum in post-Soviet Russia. Whilst in England the 10 Russian students received practical and academic experience in medical, surgical, intensive care, accident and emergency, paediatric, mental health and community settings. Following interviews with four of the students certain issues central to their learning arose relating to the themes of education, resources, nursing practice and professional development. Additional to this the author, a mental health student, reflects on the value the exchange has had for his own learning focusing on areas of communication, self-awareness and research. The implications of the exchange are discussed and the maintenance and further development of international communication is recommended. In conclusion it is suggested that work of this kind will add to the global development of the nursing profession.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Mental Health Student Nurse, Department of Nursing, The University of Salford, Salford, Manchester, UK

Publication date: November 1, 1996

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