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Transcultural/International Nursing (Fall start only)

National and global changes in demographics, a changing global economy, pandemic health concerns have further dramatized the need for transcultural/International nursing. This certificate was designed to prepare students to use transcultural nursing theories, models and approaches in both research and the practice settings. Participants will engage in inquiry related to transcultural nursing care phenomena and more specifically with vulnerable populations in the context of social justice. The certificate program can be taken as a post masters certificate or in conjunction with the PhD program. This certificate also prepares students to take the certification exam offered by the Transcultural Nursing Society.

OBJECTIVES

  • Provide culturally relevant nursing care to individuals, families, and target populations.
  • Apply principles of transcultural nursing and health care within various nursing practice roles.
  • Describe approaches that emphasize cultural competence in nursing and health care research.After being accepted for admission to the Post Master's Certificate Transcultural/International Nursing Program, each student is assigned a faculty mentor who will assist the student in completion of a Program Plan. To complete this program, students must complete 24 credits of Transcultural/International Nursing course work. Students have up to five years to complete the program.

After being accepted for admission to the Post Master's Certificate Transcultural/International Nursing Program, each student is assigned a faculty mentor who will assist the student in completion of a Program Plan. To complete this program, students must complete 24 credits of Transcultural/International Nursing course work. Students have up to five years to complete the program.

This program is based upon and consistent with the mission, purposes, and philosophy of Duquesne University and its undergraduate nursing program. The Duquesne faculty is committed to nurturing a flexible and creative scholarly environment that encourages students to participate actively in scientific inquiry and research.

APPLICATION ALERT

Due to higher education regulation changes, Duquesne University is UNABLE TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS for admission to ONLINE PROGRAMS and courses from students residing in:
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New York
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin
For questions, please contact Todd Eicker, Director of Graduate Admissions, at 412.396.6219 or gradadmissions@duq.edu.
Curriculum

Transcultural/International Nursing Curiculum

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Course # Course Title Credits
GPNG 771 Transcultural Nursing and Health Care 3 credits
GPNG 772 Transcultural/International Health Practicum 3 credits
GPNG 774 Transcultural/International Research Practicum 3 credits
GPNG 503 Population Based Health Promotion 3 credits
GPNG 507 Bioethical Decision-Making in Nursing and Health Care 3 credits
GPNG 928 Social Justice and Vulnerable Populations 3 credits
GPNS 917 Transcultural Care and Global Health Perspectives 3 credits
*** Cultural Elective-Nursing or Non-nursing 3 credits

TOTAL = 24 credits

Revisions to courses and curricula are ongoing.
AACN Synergy Model

The Synergy Model for Patient Care, developed by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, has been adopted by the faculty and integrated into the undergraduate and graduate nursing curriculums.  The core concept of the Synergy Model: the needs or characteristics of patients and families influence the characteristics or competencies of the nurse.  Synergy results when the needs and characteristics of a patient, clinical unit or system match those of the nurse.

The Synergy Model describes eight patient characteristics (needs) and eight nurse characteristics (competencies); patient needs drive nurse competencies.  Each individual characteristic is further delineated by levels of complexity or intensity.  The core competencies of the nurse include clinical judgment, advocacy, clinical practices, collaboration, systems thinking, response to diversity, clinical inquiry and facilitation of learning.  These eight competencies provide the basis for program and level outcomes in the undergraduate program.  An additional ninth program/level outcome focuses on the synergy between the nurse’s competencies and patient characteristics as it relates to patient outcomes.  Similarly, the graduate program outcomes are based on these same nurse characteristics but at a higher level. Underlying all competencies is the unique contribution of nurses to provide safe passage for patients and their families through the health care environment.

The table below illustrates the relationship between nurse competencies of the Synergy Model and the MSN program outcomes.

Nurse Competencies

Program Outcomes

Clinical Judgment Integrate clinical judgment skills when implementing care for individuals, families, groups, and community.
Advocacy Justify one’s practice through the implementation of the role of being a moral agent.
Caring Practices Display a caring attitude in all aspects of one’s practice.
Collaboration Initiate collaborative efforts for the improvement of care to individuals and for improvement in the health care delivery.
Systems Thinking Demonstrate the ability to utilize integrated systems analysis for the personal and professional navigation of the health care delivery systems.
Response to Diversity Integrate cultural sensitivity in caring for individuals/families of diverse populations.
Clinical Inquiry Engage in evidenced-based practice.
Facilitation of Learning Incorporate teaching into all aspects of one’s practice.
Impact of “synergy” nurse/patient characteristics and patient outcomes Evaluate the interrelationship of nurse competencies and the patient characteristics to patient outcomes.