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Authors

  1. Libster, Martha M. PhD, RN, CNS
  2. Mulaudzi, Fhumulani Mavis
  3. et Phil, D Litt RN
  4. Collins, Sharon K. MaED
  5. Liang, Ou MS
  6. Southworth, John MS
  7. Long, Matthew MA

Abstract

Community has historically provided an essential psycho-spiritual framework for nursing. Changes incommunication technology pose challenges for nurses internationally who create communities across borders. Thisarticle discusses The Bamboo Bridge online community, a project responding to the global call fornursing education about the complementarity of nursing and healing traditions. The project explores how technologiessuch as Centra and Ning promote community building and encourage belonging in members from 5 continents and 10countries. This article includes detailed accounts of the project design, examples of cultural diplomacy as theemerging theoretical framework, and an African member's perspective of online community.