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Mikkonen K., Pitkäjärvi M., Kääriäinen M. (2017) International Healthcare Students in Clinical Learning Environments. In: Barton G., Hartwig K. (eds) Professional Learning in the Work Place for International Students. Professional and Practice-based Learning, vol 19. Springer, Cham

International healthcare students in clinical learning environments

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Author: Mikkonen, Kristina1; Pitkäjärvi, Marianne2; Kääriäinen, Maria1,3
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences; Helsinki, Finland
3Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2017
Publish Date: 2019-10-15


Internationalism is becoming an increasingly prominent phenomenon in healthcare education. Growing evidence suggests that cultural and linguistic differences influence international students’ learning experiences, particularly in clinical learning environments. We suggest that both students and their mentors should be provided with education in culture and communication to prepare them for professional partnerships in the clinical learning environment. Students also require a well-planned orientation and enough time to adapt to cultural and linguistic differences during their clinical placements. Creating a pedagogical atmosphere which is supportive of cultural differences can enhance students’ success in clinical learning. Fostering intercultural sensitivity towards international students enables reciprocal learning to take place between mentors, clinical facilitators and students. Internationalism offers great opportunities for students to receive a richer education and become better professionals. However, educating international students well requires both careful planning of clinical education within the healthcare curriculum and training of clinical mentors to supervise international students effectively.

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Series: Professional and practice-based learning
ISSN: 2210-5549
ISSN-E: 2210-5557
ISSN-L: 2210-5549
ISBN: 978-3-319-60058-1
ISBN Print: 978-3-319-60057-4
Pages: 147 - 163
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-60058-1_9
Host publication: Professional Learning in the Work Place for International Students
Host publication editor: Barton, Georgina
Hartwig, Kay
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
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