VIETNAM CULTURAL IMMERSION TRIP - May 26 - June 8, 2015
The Vietnamese Cultural Immersion Courses NURS 4902 and NURS 6903 took place May 26th – June 8th with arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on May 28th. Thirteen undergraduate and graduate students participated, led by Dr. Vi Ho and Dr. Joan Edwards from Texas Woman’s University. They were joined by Ms. Mary Laime, retired faculty from the TWU Houston campus. Several healthcare related schools and hospitals were visited on the trip, including Binh Duong medical and nursing school in Binh Duong Province, Cho Ray Hospital, Ho Chi Minh Medical and Pharmacy School, and Pham Ngoc Thach University nursing and medical school (the last three located in Ho Chi Minh City). Students and faculty benefited greatly from opportunities to interact and network with Vietnamese colleagues, sharing similarities and differences in education and practice. TWU student groups enthusiastically explained their PICO poster projects which highlighted health issues common in both the USA and Vietnam with evidence based-approaches from a recent literature research review to improve patient outcomes. Simulation methodologies were also a hot topic. Vietnamese faculty and students at all locations were eager to learn about what the 21st Century holds for the profession of nursing. Dr. Joan Edwards shared information on this requested topic. A high-light of the trip was the MOU signing ceremony with Pham Ngoc Thach University representative, Dr. Cao Van Thinh.
PERU - MAY 12-25, 2015
Five TWU College of Nursing faculty (Dr. Joan Edwards, Dr. Sandra Cesario, Dr. Anne Koci, Dr. Peggy Landrum, and Dr. Allison Huffman) and 27 nursing students (24 undergraduates, one baccalaureate graduate, one PhD nursing student, and one DNP student) spent 11 days of cultural immersion in the Peruvian healthcare sector. The experience began with a “Forum for the International Day of Nursing” on May 13th at the Peruvian Ministry of Health. The forum was sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization, the Colegio de Enfermeros del Peru (Peruvian Board of Nursing and National Nursing Association), and the Peruvian Ministry of Health. This event was attended by 254 invited Peruvian, American and Cuban nursing leaders.
The next event (May 14th) was a “Coloquio International en Salud” held at Universidad Privada del Norte (UPN). Texas Woman’s University (TWU) nursing faculty, along with other speakers, presented their areas of expertise identified as beneficial for the Peruvian nursing sector. In addition, the TWU students shared their experiences and knowledge gained from constructing a PICO (Population/Patient, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) Project as a method of investigation. Their presentations took place as part of Dr. Joan Edward's general session on PICOT, in addition to later in the afternoon with nursing student peers from Peru. At the closing of the event, all participants enjoyed traditional Peruvian music and dancing.
On May 15th, the TWU contingent started the day with a visit to a community health clinic where participants gained an understanding of the delivery of primary care to vulnerable populations. Following this visit, the group participated in a forum at the Universidad de Ciencias y Humanidades (UCH). TWU students were again invited to present their group PICO posters to all attendees. TWU faculty presented research in their areas of expertise.
An invited guest participant, Jody Cesana, from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN) also presented at each of the above events, sharing AWHONN’s mission, vision, educational materials, and resources benefiting patients and specialty nurses. Ms. Cesana met with leaders of the Peruvian neonatal society where they engaged in discussion regarding future collaborations. With the help of a translator, Ms. Cesana shared a portion of the Neonatal Orientation Education Program (NOEP).
The next stop of the immersion tour was Universidad Catolica Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo (USAT) located in Chiclayo, Peru. During the first two days, small groups of participants visited multiple sites including public and private community health centers and hospitals. Dr. Huffman and a contingent of TWU and Peruvian nursing students traveled to a young adolescent high school, where they used interactive methodologies to instruct adolescents on the topic of feminine hygiene. The Lambayeque Board of Nursing also hosted a reception for TWU faculty and students at their headquarters in Chiclayo. Plans for future collaboration were explored by faculty and the Board of Nursing officers the next day.
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