Global Health Nursing

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Global Health Nursing

SKU# 9780826121172

Narratives From the Field


  • Christina Harlan MA, RN
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The narratives in this book offer rare and much-needed insight into the lived experiences and contributions of the largest cadre of global health workers: The nurses who have dedicated their careers and their lives to serving the world's poor.

--Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Kolokotrones University Professor

Harvard University; Co-Founder, Partners in Health

Global health nursing--as a career or as a time-limited experience in personal and professional growth--is a rapidly growing specialty area. This unique book presents firsthand accounts from nurses at all professional levels, who share their life-changing experiences and insights with nurses interested in the global health arena. Written with compassion and humor, their stories emphasize the practical, challenging, and rewarding aspects of global health nursing. Contributors describe their motivation for working in global health, along with the rewards and challenges.

The authors discuss the importance of approaching global nursing with humility, respect, and appreciation for what they will learn from their colleagues. They describe how global health work has enhanced their ability to provide quality care to diverse populations, which include recent immigrants living in the United States. In addition to these vivid accounts, the book discusses the parameters of global health nursing, how to prepare for this nursing experience, key resources, global nursing research, and nurses as global health consultants. Woven throughout the book are descriptions of how these nurses have encouraged--through teaching and mentoring--the next generation of global health nurses. The book also provides coverage of domestic global health initiatives.

Key Features:

    Presents firsthand accounts of the practical, challenging, and rewarding aspects of global health nursing Describes assumptions challenged and lessons learned Written for nurses at all stages of professional life Discusses varied opportunities in global health nursing, which includes research and consulting Covers domestic global health initiatives Assists faculty to prepare themselves and their students for global health endeavors

Product Details 

  • Publication Date October 20, 2014
  • Page Count 344
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826121172
  • EISBN 9780826121189

Table of Contents 


Christina Harlan

Sheila M. Davis

Prologue: How Vision Forms
Laura Calamos Nasir


PART I: Global Health Nursing in Clinical Practice: Determined to Make a Difference

Chapter 1 - An Unexpected Path: From Domestic Cancer Care to Global HIV Work
Marie Collins Donahue

Chapter 2 - Patience, Understanding and Advocacy: Scrubbing Babies in Africa
Tina Anselmi-Moulaye

Chapter 3 - A Worthy Endeavor: A Very Determined Nurse Achieves her Goal
Naomi J. Blackman-Abdellaoui

Chapter 4 - A Nurse’s Conflict: Care Diverted During a Coup
Anna Freeman

Chapter 5 - Here Among Us: Caring for Migrant and Immigrant Patients in Rural USA
Candace Kugel

Chapter 6 - Therapeutic Communication: Bridging Cultural and Language Differences
Christina Martinez Kim

Chapter 7 - Hope for a Changing System: Experiences of a Haitian Colleague
Naomie Marcelin

Chapter 8 - Comparing Health Systems: A Scottish Nurse Finds Herself in North Carolina
Linda Joseph

Chapter 9 - Missionary Nursing: Life among an Indonesian Tribe
Trevor Johnson and Teresa Johnson


PART II: Global Health Nursing as an Avocation: A Passion for Doing More

Chapter 10 - Rising from the Ashes: Hospice, Health and Holism in Sierra Leone
Jacqui Boulton

Chapter 11 - Resilience and Recovery: Mental Health Care in Post Conflict Rwanda
Carole Bennett

Chapter 12 - Entre las Estrellas: Among the Stars
Jana Mervine

Chapter 13 - Promises to Keep: Building Partnerships to Make a Difference
Jenny Hartsell

Chapter 14 - Changing Lives for the Better: A Week with Shared Beat in Guatemala
Jane Calthrop

Chapter 15 - From Foot Soaks to Self-Care: A Nursing Response to Homelessness
Margaret Thornton

Chapter 16 - Serving People Living with HIV/AIDS: A World of Difference
Mike Olufemi


PART III: Global Health Nursing in Research and Consultation: Sharing Knowledge

Chapter 17 - With Real Heart: Nursing and Midwifery in Latin America
Jennifer Foster

Chapter 18 - Mi Camino, Mis Compañeros: My Journey, My Colleagues
Kim L. Larson

Chapter 19 - Do no Harm: A WHO Nurse Looks Back
Joyce Smith

Chapter 20 - My Life is an Adventure: It’s not for the Faint Hearted- but it is worth it!
Pamela A. McQuide

Chapter 21 - Nous sommes Ensemble: We are Together
Ruth-Anne McLendon


Epilogue: Same Body, Different Rules
Laura Calamos Nasir


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