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International clinical experiences may increase cultural competency and support nurses’ personal and professional development
  1. L Racine
  1. College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr L Racine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5E5, Canada; louise.racine{at}

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Commentary on: Ulvund I, Dadi GB, Sundal H. Nurses benefit from international clinical placement as nurse students: a qualitative study. Nurse Educ Today 2023; 121:105663. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2022.105663. Epub 2022 Nov 25.

Implications for practice and research

  • International clinical placements benefit nurses’ personal and professional development and these skills may be applied in their future careers.

  • More research is needed to assess the long-term outcomes of international clinical placements among nurses in the workforce.


Globalisation and diversity require that nurses develop the skills and knowledge to become culturally safe and competent both locally and globally and in all clinical contexts.1 Cultural competency and cultural safety represent fundamental nursing skills in the 21st century. Nurse educators still heavily rely on international clinical experiences in low-income non-Western countries to develop undergraduate students’ cultural competency.2 Previous studies indicate that international clinical placements may improve cultural competency among undergraduate nursing …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.