A Global Health Immersion Experience to Greece and Its Application to DNP Essentials: A Thematic Analysis
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Problem: Global health education and initiatives in the medical education field are gaining increased popularity, but minimal research has been performed on how these experiences align with curriculum objectives. Objectives: This project will look to answer a two-part question as to whether a Global Health Immersion (GHI) experience is aligned with Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) essentials and whether an interdisciplinary experience is aligned with this content. Theoretical framework: The concept of reflective practice, or willingness to be open to learning about the fundamental nature of oneself, will guide this assignment. Methods and Analysis: A qualitative, descriptive project was completed. De-identified information occurred during a GHI experience. During this time, students and faculty worked on a refugee camp in Greece. Qualitative information was analyzed using a post hoc qualitative thematic analysis. Field notes were re-read while aiming to identify significant statements that pertain to GHI in DNP education. These responses were extracted and coded to identify themes. Results: Through the GHI, participants succeeded in contributing to each of the eight DNP essentials. Potential Significance & Implications: This project shows a connection with interdisciplinary GHI experiences and DNP essentials, providing reason for this topic to be further explored in future nurse practitioner research.