Qualitative description of global health nursing competencies by nursing faculty in Africa and the Americas

Lynda Wilson, Laura Moran, Rosa Zarate, Nicole Warren, Carla Aparecida Arena Ventura, Irene Tamí-Maury, Isabel Amélia Costa Mendes

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Objective: to analyze qualitative comments from four surveys asking nursing faculty to rate the importance of 30 global health competencies for undergraduate nursing programs. Method: qualitative descriptive study that included 591 individuals who responded to the survey in English (49 from Africa and 542 from the Americas), 163 who responded to the survey in Spanish (all from Latin America), and 222 Brazilian faculty who responded to the survey in Portuguese. Qualitative comments were recorded at the end of the surveys by 175 respondents to the English survey, 75 to the Spanish survey, and 70 to the Portuguese survey. Qualitative description and a committee approach guided data analysis. Results: ten new categories of global health competencies emerged from the analysis. Faculty also demonstrated concern about how and when these competencies could be integrated into nursing curricula. Conclusion: the additional categories should be considered for addition to the previously identified global health competencies. These, in addition to the guidance about integration into existing curricula, can be used to guide refinement of the original list of global health competencies. Further research is needed to seek consensus about these competencies and to develop recommendations and standards to guide nursing curriculum development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2697
JournalRevista latino-americana de enfermagem
StatePublished - Jun 7 2016


  • Competencies
  • Global health
  • Global nursing
  • Qualitative analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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