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international service learning, Leininger's transcultural nursing theory, nursing, phenomenology, short-term medical missions



  1. Harner, Faith
  2. Mann, Jeremy
  3. Whitten, Carrissa
  4. Abraham, Samuel P.
  5. Gillum, Deborah R.


ABSTRACT: To date, little has been shared of nurses' perception of their experiences after participating in faith-based, short-term medical mission trips. This qualitative research study, guided by Leininger's transcultural nursing theory and the Sunrise Model, explored this topic. The results illuminated seven themes and pointed to the importance of pretrip planning. The value for Christian nurses in engaging in international medical missions encompasses reflection and growth of one's worldview and experience in providing spiritual care cross-culturally.