How do Tanzanian nursing students experience an elective exchange programme – A qualitative study

Dorthe S. Nielsen*, Edith A.M. Tarimo, Stephen M. Kibusi, Mette Bro Jansen, Dickson Ally Mkoka

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Background: Experiences from the Peace Corps and President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief programs show that exchange of nurses can strengthen the breadth and quality of nursing care delivery in places with shortages of health professionals. The objective of this study was to capture the perspectives and experiences of Tanzanian students participating in an international elective in a Scandinavian country. With a phenomenological hermeneutical approach, qualitative interviews were conducted with 16 student nurses from Tanzania. The interviews were guided by a qualitative thematic interview guide. The international placement in Scandinavia had significance to all students. Most students underlined that it had changed their professional and private life to the better, providing them with new competences, new awareness, and job opportunities.

TidsskriftNurse Education Today
StatusUdgivet - maj 2020