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Nurse practitioner students from the Netherlands partner with TWU-Houston


HOUSTON — When Lillian D. Garcia-Maas, a nursing professor at the University of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, needed a place for her students to gain an international perspective on being nurse practitioners, she immediately thought of Texas Woman’s University.

“I graduated from TWU in Houston, so I knew my students would be able to learn a lot about being a nurse practitioner from the exceptional TWU faculty and students,” Ms. Garcia-Maas, MS, RN, CEN, said. “Being located in the Texas Medical Center was also a plus, as it offered students a chance to observe nurse practitioners in a clinical setting.”

The University of Rotterdam brought 17 nurse practitioner students and three faculty members to spend a week TWU’s Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing in Houston from Feb. 27 to March 2. In addition to interacting with TWU students and faculty, the Rotterdam students spent time at several hospitals in the Texas Medical Center and at other community clinics in Houston observing nurse practitioners in clinical practice.

“Students from both universities were able to share clinical experiences, learn about differences in the role of the nurse practitioner student in each country, discuss issues and trends in medicine, and potentially collaborate on nursing research,” said Ruth Grubesic, DrPH, APRN, BC, assistant clinical professor and director of international nursing affairs for TWU-Houston.

Presentations by Rotterdam and TWU students also were given that demonstrated the similarities and differences in health care in the U.S. and the Netherlands. TWU nurse practitioner students also are pen pals with the Rotterdam students, so they were able to get to know each other before the visit.

“I think that the Dutch students gain an appreciation for the amount of medical knowledge the TWU nursing practitioner students have and the TWU nursing students learn more about the Dutch holistic approach to health care.” Ms. Garcia-Maas said.
Linda Ven der Knaap, a nurse practitioner student from the University of Rotterdam, has learned a lot from her visit to Houston.

“A nurse practitioner is a relatively new profession in the Netherlands, so I appreciate learning that some of the professors went through the same things that we are going through,” Ms. Ven der Knaap said. “I have come away with a better idea of how the profession works with doctors and other providers to shape the medical care of a patient.”

This is the second year that students from the University of Rotterdam have visited TWU-Houston. Dr. Grubesic plans to send some TWU-Houston nursing to the University of Rotterdam next year.

With more than 13,000 alumni and more than 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students in Denton, Dallas and Houston, TWU has the largest college of nursing in Texas and produces more new nurses than any other program in the state. For more information, visit www.twu.edu.


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Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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