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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. 



Rotterdam University organized and hosted The International Nurse Practitioner Symposium.  Three faculty (Dr. Rita DelloStritto, Dr. Anne Koci,  and Ms. Morgan Bruno) and seven nurse practitioner (NP) students from Texas Woman's University (TWU) traveled to The Netherlands April 9-17, 2015 to attend this symposium in Rotterdam.  The participants at the symposium included faculty and students from TWU and Rotterdam University, and faculty from Germany, Sweden, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.  The TWU faculty and students presented at the symposium regarding Benchmarking the Role of the NP Globally, Emerging Health issues, and Health Technology.   Additionally, each TWU faculty and student experienced cultural immersion in the Dutch health care system by shadowing Dutch nurse practitioners in the clinical setting.  Germany, Sweden, Ireland, and the United Kingdom are still in their infancy stage regarding their use of NPs in the health care systems.  Each country presented their interpretation of the NP role and expressed a desire to learn more from the very active USA and Dutch NP programs.


The CGNS has worked with countries including:
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Korea
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Pakistan
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam
  • Peru 

Dr. McFarlane Receives $1.75 Million Grant

Judith McFarlane, Dr.P.H., a nursing professor at Texas Woman’s University’s Institute of Health Sciences in the Texas Medical Center, has received a $1.75 million grant from the Houston Endowment to continue her study on the effectiveness of Houston-area shelters and civil protection orders in helping abused women and children transition into safety.