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Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital - Hangzhou, China

2013 SRRSH Evidence-Based Research Scholar Class – 10 graduates, VP of Nursing & Dr. Judith McFarlane

In Fall 2013, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital (SRRSH) in Hangzhou, China has established a collaborative relationship with CGNS through Dr. Judith McFarlane, with the sole purpose of developing research skills and evidence-based research related to the clients served. 

Ten evidence-based research projects, each with a randomized controlled design, are currently underway following a 2-week Evidence Based Research Course taught by Dr. Judith McFarlane at the Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in Hangzhou.  The TWU Global Center believes evidence based nursing care for people world-wide begins with clinical research. Skill building in research for better patient is part of our Global Center Mission. 

Some of the 10 projects undertaken are listed below. 

Testing the impact of:

  • Involving Families in post operative care of patients with an NG tube to decrease patient removal of the tube;
  • Giving ICU nurses with insomnia a 20 minute foot bath with traditional Chinese medicine to induce sleep; 
  • Teaching patients with low-back pain how to do tai chi to decrease pain and increase mobility;  
  • Teaching volunteers how to support patients undergoing cardiac surgery for less anxiety and better post surgery outcomes

Nanjing University of Traditional Medicine - Nanjing, China

Dr. Lyons and her class in NanjingTWU’s collaboration with Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine began in spring 2012 when Dr. Karen Lyon, Associate Dean of Nursing in Houston, was invited by Dr. Xu, Dean of Nursing at Nanjing, to present several lectures as part of a national grant to collaborate with Nanjing University to establish a top nursing program in the People’s Republic of China.

This initiated a process for establishing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two Universities for collaborative efforts in teaching, practice, and scholarship. Dr. Lyon visited Nanjing and Shanghai in June 2012 as an International Scholar and presented lectures on Diabetes Update and Outcomes Management and Leadership to both students and faculty.

She also met with faculty and administration to discuss nursing practice in the United States and potential for research collaboration and exchange programs between the two schools. Following Dr. Lyon’s visit, TWU executed a MOU, which became effective in March 2013.

Nursing Curricula Project: 2011-2012 - Indonesia

Members of CGNS have been involved with the country of Indonesia through Dr. Joan Edwards. Dr. Edwards collaborated with the government of Indonesia in 2011-2012 through a Fulbright Scholarship, conducting a pilot project with the goal of comparing current nursing curricula utilized in the country of Indonesia with the 2009 World Health Organization Global Standards for Initial Education of Professional Nurses.

The pilot program included baseline assessments of each of the four participating nursing programs (D3 and S1), after which a comparison was made with the 2009 Global standards.  Compliance with the 2009 WHO Standard III curriculum program criteria were identified, along with lacking components.  A plan to achieve complete compliance was developed along with projected timelines for completion.  Findings were shared with government personnel and with WHO nursing personnel located in the Jakarta, Indonesia office.

International Nursing Conference with University of Padjadjaran (UNPAD) – Bandung, Indonesia

In June 2014, the CGNS participated in the 4th International Nursing Conference held at UNPAD. Countries participating included Indonesia, USA, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand. The conference was titled “Improving Quality of Life through Interdisciplinary Approach in Health Care Settings”.  Contributions/presentations by TWU faculty, graduates and students included:

  • Pain Assessment and Management in Nursing Practice (Dr. Joan E. Edwards)
  • Interdisciplinary Approach in Managing Community Health Problems:  Lessons Learned in the United States (Dr. Sandra Cesario)
  • PICO Poster:  In Pregnant Women and Women of Child Bearing Age, Will Increasing Daily Folic Acid Intake to 400 mcg or Greater Decrease the Incidence of Neonatal Mortality and Neural Tube Defects? (Simone Franks, Jacqueline Chan, Cecelia Diaz, Vivian Ayala, Wynesha Bush, Peggy Adams – TWU Jr 2 nursing students )
  • PICO Poster:  For School Aged Children, Does the Implementation of School Based Antismoking/Tobacco Programs Coupled with Antismoking Media Interventions Increase Knowledge and Decrease the Prevalence of Smoking in Comparison With Those Not Exposed to Antismoking and Tobacco Campaigns? (Marissa Jones, Isabelle Rowdon, Howard Tseng, Cassidy Schaffner - TWU Sr 1 nursing students)
  • PICO Poster:  In Adults with Known Risk Factors for Stroke, Will Early Screening and Education Decrease Stroke Incidence in Indonesia and the United States?  (Janie Acebedo, Farah Siddiqi, Elizabeth Libby – TWU graduate nursing students)

The next International Conference collaboration will occur in 2016.

Daejeon Health Sciences College - Daejeon, Korea

TWU in Dallas, Texas joined with Daejeon Health Sciences College in Daejeon, Korea to initiate a learning partnership.  Dr. Michelle Cho from the TWU Dallas campus spearheaded the collaboration.  The global endeavor began with an invitation for a Korean nursing professor to reside in Dallas as a visiting scholar and learn the latest technology used in nursing.

After the Korean professor had studied at TWU for one year, eleven nursing students from her college in Korea came to Dallas and participated in a month-long immersion curriculum entitled the Different Ways of Knowing Program. The visiting students were required to have a TOEFL over 550, a GPA over 3.8, an excellent community service record, and be in their final year of study.

The curriculum began with an intensive two-week session of studying English. The last two weeks focused on the study of cardiovascular disorders, pharmacology, and evidenced-informed interventions. TWU nursing faculty educated the students in English using various teaching modalities which were new to the Korean students. Through the use of computer-based interactive case studies and virtual simulations, the use of high fidelity simulation scenarios, and the application of high level skills, the students were presented with opportunities to demonstrate clinical judgment to increase nursing knowledge. In addition, the students made rounds in five acute care hospitals, participated in a multicultural exchange day with TWU nursing students, and visited local cultural destinations.

Objectives for the learning experience included:

  • The learner will be able to identify strategies to initiate a global connection among universities.
  • The learner will be able to develop an appropriate immersion curriculum for any global educational partnership.

The students reported that they experienced a growth of nursing knowledge and skills due to the technology-enriched program. They felt a connection with TWU students and faculty who demonstrated innovative ways of knowing. They also reported that their immersion experience would benefit their patients in Korea because they would be able to deliver more competent nursing care.

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Since 2006, TWU and Rotterdam University (RU) have been academic partners.  Internationalization of the master in advance nursing practice (MANP) curriculum is an academic pillar at Rotterdam University.  TWU has been an active partner in internationalizing their nursing curriculum by hosting Dutch nurse practitioner students and by working collaboratively on keypal (email) exchanges and case study discussions and presentations.  This unique international exchange is embedded and planned in the NP curriculum at both universities.  To date, 161 Dutch NP students have participated in this exchange.  TWU has reciprocated the exchange by visiting Rotterdam with NP faculty and students. The TWU observed their counterpart NP students and were immersed in the Dutch healthcare system. Through the years, the program has evolved and has been an attraction for students to the MANP in Rotterdam and at TWU.

Reproductive Health and HIV Institute of the University of Witwatersrand - Johannesburg, South Africa

Beginning in 2013, to assist in the implementation of a World Health Organization funded research study to test an intervention for women abused during pregnancy, Dr. McFarlane worked with the Reproductive Health and HIV Institute of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Bless the Children Nonprofit Organization - Tanzania

Nursing Students in Tanzania

Nola Schrum, Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at TWU, started working in Africa in 2006.  She initiated a nonprofit organization, Bless the Children, which focuses on medical dental missions in northeastern Tanzania. Basic healthcare is provided to remote agricultural villages which have no significant access to medical services. 

There is no running water or electricity and most of the roads are dirt or grass and passable only 48% of the year. Bariadi District has a population of over 500,000 with a mean income of just over $1.00/day. These people are gentle peacemakers who are happy and gracious even in the face of extreme poverty and need. Misi village, located in the Bariadi District, is the focus of a mission as these people have had no healthcare prior to Bless the Children’s first visit in 2009. 

Annual visits to Misi have continued since 2009 culminating in the completion of construction of Grace Humara Maternity Clinic/Hospital in 2012. Work is currently in progress on St. Monica’s Elementary School with the help of Bless the Children.

In Summer 2011, five TWU nursing students and one Dr. Schrum joined a healthcare team along with an elementary education student from North Texas. The students were an integral part of the team as they worked packaging medications, screening people for reader glasses, assisting the dentist with extractions, and most importantly, as they conducted the first health promotion education these people had ever had. One student accompanied a very ill infant to the hospital in the team car and observed the patient care in an African hospital. She later stated, “I have found my passion. I want to continue to do this kind of work.” All of the students demonstrated professionalism and efficiency even as they experienced the lack of customary Western conveniences. 

There were moments of laughter and moments of tears and yet they maintained a positive and inquisitive posture throughout the trip. Feedback was offered by all regarding how this mission trip was not only life changing personally but also professionally.

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