The RN to BSN program at Grand Canyon University meets the requirements for clinical competencies as defined by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), using nontraditional experiences for practicing nurses. These experiences come in the form of direct and indirect care experiences in which licensed nursing students engage in learning within the context of their hospital organization, specific care discipline, and local communities.
Note: This is an individual assignment. In 1,500-2,000 words, describe the teaching experience and discuss your observations. The written portion of this assignment should include:
Summary of teaching plan
Epidemiological rationale for topic
Evaluation of teaching experience
Community response to teaching
Areas of strengths and areas of improvement
By using the US volunteer organisation ELI Abroad (Experiential Learning International) as a case study, I aim to take a critical look at these negative consequences and the stories, images and narratives shared by the organisation to market the programme. Using a postcolonial lense to challenge the notion of a single path to development, I will analyse and critique the popular images and representations of international volunteering more broadly. I will try to bridge the gap between the polarising perceptions of international volunteering; a neocolonial monster? (Pastran, 2014), or as that which has the potential to challenge the economic, technical and cultural focus of globalisation, by encouraging people to connect and relate with each other on a global scale (Devereux, 2008: 358). ELI’s slogan is ‘travel with a purpose!’ – because, traveling without a purpose (assuming they mean standard tourist/beach holidays) is obviously not what you want to be doing with your summer. Instead of traveling without a purpose, why not be empowered through volunteering in a developing country where you can ‘help’ out by offering your skills and knowledge. ELI’s ‘about us’ section explains their philosophy – ‘the most compelling life lessons come through experience, and that international experiences are among the most profound influences on our sense of self and our view of the world (eliabroad.org). Here ELI puts the ‘volunteers sense of self and worldview’ at the center of the experience. The language used is extremely positive, in that it makes you feel like you are very special for wanting to do something so ‘out of the ordinary’ and that you are choosing to do this because you are ‘globally-minded’. Mary Mostafanezhad (2013) says that this ‘rhetoric of compassion,’ mediates the voluntourism experience, and that it also signifies the expansion of neoliberalism, as states see individual citizens working to alleviate suffering that used to be dealt with by the state (Mostafanezhad,2013:320). From first glance at their website there is a strong sense that it’s about what you are getting out of the experience as opposed to what you can give to others. This is one of the main critiques of v>GET ANSWER