Implementing Community-Based Nursing Care

Livingstone, Zambia

On Campus: Spring Semester 2023, time and day TBD

Off Campus: February 18-March 4, 2023

Program Highlights

  • Gain experience in international health care systems
  • Participate in community-engaged learning opportunities with local populations in the community and schools
  • Explore the cultural traditions of Zambia
  • Experience the diversity of Zambia through various excursions, including Victoria Falls, a National Park safari, bicycle village tour, and sunset cruise

Explore complete Zambia 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 303

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 in Livingstone, a historic city and the capital of the Southern Province of Zambia. Students will complete 10 hours of seminar related to the culture, health care, and social justice issues present in Zambian society. Students will participate in providing health care in the local clinics and homes as well as 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 program fee in addition to the cost of tuition for the semester. Program Fee information will be available in September, and more information will 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.   


Students will stay in shared occupancy, single gender rooms in a comfortable and secure volunteer house within the property of Victoria Falls Backpackers with access to a swimming pool, hot tub, lounge area, and climbing wall. The volunteer house is a 5-minute walk from the Livingstone town center full of shops and restaurants.

Program Director Information

Mary Zelenak is an instructor in the Nursing Department who has experience directing the short-term nursing study abroad program in rural Appalachia, and has extensive experience working in diverse communities as a public health nurse. In addition, we work with an in-country group leader from Kaya Responsible Travel to ensure transportation, accommodations, orientation to the programs, and coordinating community work.

Contact: [email protected]