Global Health Competencies of Nursing Student in Philippines
Laoingco, Jose Reinhard C.
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Session presented on Saturday, July 23, 2016: Purpose: (1) to assess the global health competencies of the fourth year nursing students in the school of nursing, St. Louis University, Baguio City Philippines through the using of a self-rated assessment tool, (2) to be able to contribute additional literatures for global health from the findings of the survey and, (3) to provide informal information about a status of global health competencies among the nursing students of the School of Nursing, SLU. Methods: Descriptive cross-sectional study. Results: Results revealed that (1) the students are moderately competent in the Global Burden of Disease category with weighted mean score of 2.6; (2) competent in four categories of GHCs specifically, Health Implications of Travel and Displacements, Globalization of Health and Health Care; Health Care in Low Resource and Health care as human right and Development Resource with weighted mean scores of 2.88, 2.85, 3.04 and 3.28 respectively; (3) Students are highly competent in Social and environmental determinants of health with weighted mean score of 3.46; the overall result implies that the student are competent in general with weighted mean score of 3.02. Majority of the students claimed the GHCs are integrated in their BSN Curriculum. Conclusion: Findings revealed that the School of Nursing, SLU, as compared to most schools of Nursing internationally, are more responsive in the students' training to become competent in meeting the challenges of global health. The researcher recommends further study that objectively measures outcomes of trainings on GHCs among students and staff in schools of Nursing in the Philippines.The result of the study can be considered as an input into the database of the WHO and United Nations Organizations as a basis for program development or further actions to improve global health competencies among the nurses and student's nurses. Furthermore, The study result can serve as a springboard for further studies that will be able to provide comprehensive coverage for the assessment of global health competencies among nurses and student nurses.