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Nurse practitioner students from the Netherlands visit TWU-Houston


TWU Rotterdam photo

Photo courtesy of Jamie Farquhar with the Texas Medical Center News

Students and faculty from the University of Rotterdam in the Netherlands visit the Texas Woman’s University Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing in Houston as part of a nursing student exchange between the two universities. TWU students and faculty will travel to the Netherlands in March 2011.

HOUSTON — The University of Rotterdam in the Netherlands recently brought 19 nurse practitioner students and three faculty members to spend a week at the Texas Woman’s University Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing in Houston from Nov. 7-13.

The Rotterdam students interacted with TWU students and faculty and spent time at several hospitals in the Texas Medical Center and at other community clinics in Houston observing nurse practitioners in clinical practice.

Presentations by Rotterdam and TWU students also were given to demonstrate 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.

“Students from both universities were able to finally meet in person after several months of exchanging emails back and forth,” said Joan Edwards, RNC, MN, CNS, TWU associate clinical professor. “Students collaborated on case scenarios in their areas of expertise and differences in care were discussed, which provided an excellent learning opportunity for all.”

This year marks the fifth consecutive year of the Dutch students visiting TWU and is the brainchild of TWU alumna Lillian D. Garcia-Maas, a nursing professor at the University of Rotterdam.

“My students need to gain an international perspective on being nurse practitioners, and I know TWU is an exceptional place to gain this experience,” said Garcia-Maas, MS, RN, CEN. “Being located in the Texas Medical Center is a plus, as it offers students a chance to observe nurse practitioners in a clinical setting.”

“I think 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,” Garcia-Maas added.

In March 2011, TWU nurse practitioner and Ph.D. nursing students will travel to the Netherlands for the first reciprocal visit to the University of Rotterdam campus. During the visit, several TWU faculty — including Dr. Patricia Holden-Huchton, dean of the TWU College of Nursing, and Dr. Karen Lyon, associate nursing dean in Houston — will give presentations on a variety topics to the University of Rotterdam faculty and students.

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