Implementing Community-Based Nursing Care

St. Lucia, Caribbean

On Campus: Fall Semester 2023, time and day TBD

Off Campus: November 4-18, 2023

Program Highlights

  • Gain experience in international health care systems
  • Participate in community-engaged learning opportunities with local populations
  • Explore the cultural traditions of St. Lucia
  • Experience the diversity of St. Lucia through excursions, including: visiting botanical gardens or volcano parks, Sulphur Springs, Piton Waterfalls, shopping, and exploring the island's national park

Explore complete St. Lucia Nursing Embedded Program details on the CSBSJU-Global Portal.

Course & Program Information

Course Name: Clinical Nursing IV: Implementing Community-Based Nursing Care

Course Number: NRSG 303H

Credit Number: 8 credits

Common Curriculum: Ethics Common Seminar (ES)

Integrations Curriculum: CSD:S

Prerequisite: NRSG 220B, 302, 315, & 342

Course Description:
This course combines classroom learning at CSB+SJU and ends with an experiential component abroad. The experience provides students with an opportunity to interface with members of the community, engage with members to enhance their health practices, and learn about their cultural practices. Preparation for the experience will be completed on campus prior to the actual engagement with the  specific community. Students will learn about the cultural beliefs and practices unique to each culture. Each of the immersion sites identifies health issues and activities that the students will address. The experience also includes visits to important cultural venues to help students gain valuable insight into the specific culture. Through discussions as a class and with local residents, the students will gain insight into their specific culture, make new friends, and develop intercultural understanding of the similarities and differences represented by their cultural group.

Program Information:

This program is completed on the island of St. Lucia. Students complete a portion of their community health clinical during this experience. Students will complete 10 hours of seminar related to the culture, health care, and social justice issues present in this society. Students will participate in providing health care in the community and schools and community-engaged learning opportunities.

Students in this experience will learn to effectively communicate with diverse groups and disciplines using a variety of strategies. In addition, nursing students will utilize professional values and standards to provide community-based and population-focused care.

Program Cost & Financial Considerations

Students on an embedded program will pay an education abroad program fee in addition to the cost of tuition for the semester. Program fee information can be found in theCSBSJU-Global Portal.  

Students should plan early for a successful study abroad experience. Financial aid and scholarships may be available to help with program costs, but must be searched out well in advance.   


JJ's Paradise Resort provides volunteers with comfortable, tourist-class lodging just off the east end of spectacular Marigot Bay. Landscaped with local tropical plants, the complex is equipped with an outdoor pool, a bar, and a restaurant. Each cottage is air-conditioned with a TV, ceiling fan, bathroom, solar-powered water heaters, and daily maid service.

Program Director Information

Dr. Rachelle Larsen is a professor in the Nursing Department with a specialty in public health. She has a significant amount of experience leading study abroad programs. She has led immersion experiences for students in South Africa, Belize, and Peru. In addition, we work with an in-country group leader from Global Volunteers to ensure transportation, accommodations, orientation to the programs, and coordinating community work.

Contact: [email protected]