Rural, Cultural & Global Health: As Seen Through the Eyes of Doctoral Students at the University of New Mexico
Priscella Correa, Kimberly Hartson, Jennifer L. Heck, Elizabeth Holguin, Jenny Landen, Angela Ortiz, Michael Palacio, Keri Roden, and Krista Scorsone
When our early UNM College of Nursing PhD students wrote Volumes 1-3 of this compilation a decade ago, our program was new and growing, and most of the students lived here in New Mexico or in neighboring states. Much has changed since the initial volumes emerged from our course entitled Rural and Cultural Health (Nursing 611), a graduate elective. The world has embraced enormous linkages through technology. Refugee and migration patterns the world over have more people displaced and seeking a permanent home than ever before. International, national, regional and local contexts, conflicts, politics, health-related policies, economic struggles, racial/ethnic diversity, other kinds of human diversity, and all dimensions of health care have undergone tremendous change and continue to do so at a rapid pace. Students from our own and other universities now take this course online and contribute their insights and experience. Nursing 611 has evolved into an 8-week summer elective offered in even-numbered years, focused on three components of health care: global health, cultural health, and rural health. The students, who represent diversity in heritage, geographic location, and clinical/research interests, were asked to produce 3 briefs, or short papers (each 3-4 pages long), on the three components (global, cultural, and rural health). They were encouraged to write in an engaging style, even resembling the tone of a Ted Talk, to interest readers. This collection represents their focused writing in the three areas.
We believe that the state of New Mexico holds unique cultures, characteristics, and problems, yet the health disparities, inequities, population trends, migration patterns, and general state of rural/cultural health the world over are more similar than different. Whatever your own disciplinary connections, we invite you to explore the critical issues presented in the following collection of short essays. In this class, we have defined both culture and rurality broadly and in multiple contexts. Much remains to be done, both locally and globally, to improve the health status of our varied populations and communities. Please join us in the analysis and resolution of the health challenges, inequities, and unresolved needs that characterize many rural and cultural settings.
Carol J. Bett, Barbara Cechanowicz, Demetrius Chapman, Stephen Hernandez, Hannelore Kriegor, Melanie Mayo, Loyce Phoenix, Conrad Rios, Teresa Sellstrom, and Max Veltman
The challenges faced by local, national, and global communities in an ever-changing world have continued to grow as we complete the first decade of the 21st century. The doctoral students writing this book undertook the effort with advocacy for disenfranchised populations in mind. This compilation illuminates the challenges and gaps in access to health care confronted by a wide range of people, from overweight children, lesbians, and Native Americans to individuals in rural communities in Papua New Guinea. As the reader can readily see, we are a group of students with wide-ranging experiences and interests.
Sandra L. McClelland, Susan Steel, Laura Marsh, Trinette Radasa, Lourdes Ticas, Angela DelGrande, Gloria Browning, Jane L. Smith, Kristin Kuhlmann, Unchalee Vatanasook Ice, Karen Lottis, and Dale Payment
We invite you to explore an array of issues touching culture, rurality, or both, in the following collection of essays. In this class, we have defined both culture and rurality broadly and in expansive contexts. Much remains to be done, both locally and globally, to improve the health status of our varied populations and residents. Please join us in the analysis and resolution of the health challenges, inequities, and noteworthy mysteries that characterize particular rural and cultural settings.
Carol J. Bett, Hanna Krieger, Kristin L. Kuhlmann, Mark Siemon, and Susan Steel
This second volume of theory development demonstrates further exploration and expansion of some of the theories used in nursing practice. Interdisciplinary theories were researched and utilized in the various theory expansions and development. Through our exploration of the theories incorporated in nursing practice and scholarship, we have expanded ways to extend or modify those theories to enhance our individual research interests.
Gloria Browning, Barbara Cheuvront, Angela DelGrande, Unchalee Ice, Stephanie Lynch, Karen Lottis, Trinette Radasa, Lourdes Ticas, Laura Marsh, Cynthia Nuttal, and Sandra McClelland
For the final assignment in this class on theory development, I asked these creative nursing PhD students to either adapt or extend an existing midrange theory.The following papers represent great hope for the future of nursing knowledge, and we offer them as evidence to interested readers at any level who want to know why theory matters, how it relates to actual practice, and why the voices of reflective nurses at all levels of educational attainment are needed to advance our thinking and unfolding in the context of all health professions. Sincerely, Jennifer B. Averill, PhD, RN, Instructor
Contributors to volume 1: Keri Black, Carol Capitano, Marjorie Cypress, Maribeth Doren, Martha Faulkner, Gail Guiterrez, Dora Hernandez, Judy Liesvald, Ann Marie McCarthy, Rebecca Mayo, Yolanda Morales, Mary Mugavin, Mary Ann Osuchowski-Sanchex and Ruby Williams. Foreword by Jennifer B. Averill. Contributors to volume 2:Maribeth Doren, Keri Black, Mary Ann Osuchowski-Sanchez, Martha J. Faulkner, Yolanda Madrid Morales, Rebecca Mayo