Experiential learning via a tour on the history of public health in Jerusalem in an epidemiology course for master of science in nursing students: A cross-sectional study

Ronit Pinchas-Mizrachi, Beth G. Zalcman, Rena Bakshi, Anat Romem

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Abstract

Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the incorporation of an educational tour into the curriculum for master's nursing students. Background: Experiential learning is an educational approach that emphasizes hands-on experiences outside the classroom. In a two-kilometer radius in Jerusalem are historical health institutions, established beginning in the 1830s through the British Mandate, from which much can be learned about the state of public health then and how it shaped modern institutions. Design: This was a cross-sectional study. Methods: This study utilized the feedback received by students through an evaluation survey sent out after the tour. The survey had questions on overall satisfaction, how the tour contributed to their knowledge, and the appropriateness of the tour as part of the course. Additionally, students were asked if the tour added to their experience and how in an open-ended question. Results: High scores were given for overall satisfaction, contribution to knowledge and the appropriateness of the tour. Additionally, four points were raised in the open-ended question: national pride in healthcare leadership, socio-political aspects and conflicts, the role of funding, and personal inspiration and professional development. Conclusions: The tour evaluation emphasized the advantages of experiential learning, enabling a deep understanding of the healthcare system's historical development in a multicultural city, as well as lessons for the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106149
JournalNurse Education Today
Volume136
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2024
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Advanced practice nurses
  • Epidemiology
  • Experiential learning
  • Nursing education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Nursing

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