Global health competency is an essential capacity for nursing students. This study evaluated the effect of a global outreach program on global health competency and cultural self-efficacy in nursing students and examined the students' experiences with the program. Participants included thirty-one undergraduate nursing students at a university in Seoul, Republic of Korea, who participated in a global outreach program in 2015 and 2016. Quantitative data were collected before and after program participation using questionnaires evaluating global health competency and cultural self-efficacy, and were analyzed using descriptive statistics and paired t-tests. Both global health competency and cultural self-efficacy increased significantly after the global outreach program. Qualitative data were collected via focus group interviews and reflective journals, and were analyzed using conventional content analysis and thematic analysis, respectively. The results of the content and thematic analyses were compared, and two themes and eight-sub-themes were finally extracted through the data analysis. The program was effective in improving nursing students’ global health competency and cultural self-efficacy.
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- Cultural diversity
- Global health problems
- Nursing students