Relationship building through the development of international nursing curricula: a literature review

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Abstract

Purpose

This expository paper explores the literature related to the development of international nursing (or midwifery) curricula as a vehicle for studying relationship-building.

Background

International nursing curriculum development can be interpreted as a sanctioned extension of transnational, cross-cultural, political and economic professional outreach activities.

Method

Extensive literature searches were conducted in the CINAHL, ERIC, PsychINFO and ABI/INFORM Global databases of the key terms: relationship-building; international; curriculum development; and nursing.

Findings

The review revealed developing international nursing curricula through cooperative partnerships between institutions of higher learning and/or international development agencies provides a vehicle to build international collegial relationships among nursing faculty and professionals worldwide. A summary is provided in a table.

Conclusions

Relationship-building through the development of international nursing curricula merits focused investigation.

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