CONTACT: BONNIE MCINTOSH
101 Nursing Building
UI College of Nursing
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: March 8, 2002
Japanese students visit UI College of Nursing
Nine nursing students and three faculty from the Yamanashi College of Nursing
in Japan are visiting the University of Iowa College of Nursing March 4-16.
The visit is part of an international exchange that has grown out of the 40-year-old
sister state relationship between Yamanashi Prefecture and the state of Iowa.
The visiting students are paired with UI College of Nursing students with
whom they will attend classes, participate in clinical practica, and socialize.
There are opportunities for the faculty from Yamanashi to work with UI nursing
faculty who share similar research interests. The visit also serves as an
opportunity to discuss common nursing issues such as the international nursing
shortage, health care for aging populations and health care system barriers
to better care.
In May 2002, 11 students and one faculty from the UI College of Nursing
will travel to Japan where they will learn about the Japanese health care
delivery system and education and learn about Japanese culture.
M. Patricia Donahue, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for academic affairs,
who is the faculty sponsor for the exchange, said, "An important part
of this experience is to teach students that there are commonalities and differences
among us, even when we live a world away from each other. As our students
enter the workforce they will be better prepared to provide care for the diverse
communities they will serve. This is an invaluable attribute."
The UI College of Nursing is part of the UI Health Sciences Center and provides
nursing education at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Ranked
12th among 600 nursing education programs nationally, the college provides
clinical experience and research opportunities that enhance the educational
experience. Students graduate prepared to respond to the needs of the public
and the general health and well-being of the communities they serve.