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International educational partnership for practice: Brazil and the United Kingdom

Girot, Elizabeth A.; Enders, Bertha C.


Elizabeth A. Girot

Bertha C. Enders


Background. To enhance healthcare globally, successful academic partnerships between institutes of higher education are crucial to strengthen collaboration between countries and identify new ways of working. The desire to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity among childbearing women in north-east Brazil urged professional nurses to seek new ways of working through such a partnership. Reflections on the success of the link identify the key qualities uniting the partnership. Aims. This paper explores the key qualities of a higher education partnership between the United Kingdom and north-east Brazil. These qualities can act as a guide to other faculties engaged in such links to facilitate successful collaborative working for gains on both sides. Results. Critical reflections from both partners revealed that the key qualities identified are effective communication, deep commitment and the need for both partners to understand each other's context of care. Conclusions. Examination of each of these qualities illustrates that the shared perspectives, mutual respect and enriched educational experience are valuable and essential to successful partnership working. This critical reflection illustrates the process of success and how others can benefit from the lessons learned, whatever the nature of partnership. Understanding the nature of collaborative working has strengthened each education and practice community, encouraged them to take risks, and remain committed to collective success.


Girot, E. A., & Enders, B. C. (2004). International educational partnership for practice: Brazil and the United Kingdom. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 46(2), 144-151.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Apr 1, 2004
Journal Journal of Advanced Nursing
Print ISSN 0309-2402
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 2
Pages 144-151
Keywords international partnership, collaboration, transcultural nursing, Safe Motherhood, empowerment
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