Country Lead Faculty: Dr. Vi Ho
The global cultural nursing relationship with Vietnam was conceived in the year of 2007 when a group of Vietnamese American nurses got together to discuss nursing care and the cultural differences between Vietnam and the United States. In 2008, a group of Texas Woman's University faculty visited some of the universities and hospitals in Vietnam. The first group for an Education Abroad course traveled to Vietnam in 2012. Participants consisted of 35 travelers, including 3 faculty and 32 students from all education levels, bachelor, master, and Ph. D. We visited hospitals, both private and public, and universities in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, and Hue along with some of the cultural sites in Vietnam. Ideas were exchanged. Curricula were discussed and developed. Goals for long term relationships were discussed and continue to be developed even now.
Feedback from nursing students regarding the experience in 2012 was very positive. Subsequently additional education abroad courses to Vietnam were implemented for 2013, 2015, and 2017. Student comments have included:
"This is the opportunity of a life time!!", "Wow!! I had never known this experience could change my way of thinking about nursing", and "This trip has enriched my professional life and personal life!!"
Some Vietnamese faculty visited Texas Woman's University in 2015.
On May 12, 2017, Drs. Ho and Edwards along with 13 undergrad and Ph.D. students traveled to Vietnam. For this 11-day trip, the group visited several hospitals such as Cho Ray, Binh Duong, Vinmec, and Blood and Transfusion hospitals. They observed a variety of approaches to nursing and health care in different settings. They also visited Pham Ngoc Thach University and Binh Duong Medical College with great student interactions. Prior to departure from the USA, student travelers raised money for scholarships that were distributed to 12 Vietnamese nursing students with financial need at the two nursing programs.
The trip concluded with the conference, Global Nursing-Opportunity and Challenges, hosted by University Hospital of Pharmacy and Medicine in Ho Chi Minh City. This conference attracted more than 450 attendees, including nurses and medical professionals representing other health care disciplines from all over Vietnam, from Ha Noi to Can Tho. The faculty along with three graduate students were speakers at this conference, and PICO posters were presented by the undergrad students.
A variety of cultural and historic areas were visited, such as Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, the Ancient post office, Thanh That Cao Dai, the Buddhist Temple on Black Lady Mountain, Saigon River, Phu Quoc Island, and Ben Thanh day and night markets to name a few. Different types of Vietnamese food were experienced with dishes from the northern, central, and southern regions of Vietnam. Restaurants varied from high-end historic restaurants to crowded sidewalk eateries.
Participants learned, absorbed and mixed in with the Vietnamese culture and way of life.