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Posted: 11/15/2011

Global nursingThe internationally renowned Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing (IJHN) brought the tools and techniques of its Nurse Manager Academy to Japan during an onsite visit September 16-18.

“Currently there is very little training for nurse managers in Japan, that is what makes this educational opportunity so timely.,” said Lois Gould, manager of continuing nursing education for IJHN. “A nursing shortage exists in Japan just as in the U.S., the Academy curriculum can teach managers the skills they need to help with nurse retention and engagement” Gould, who was onsite at the academy, was joined by representatives of FirstStar Healthcare Co. Ltd., a provider of consulting services and training programs to hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities.

Ten people attended this initial Japanese nurse manager academy, where expert instructors in Japanese taught the IJHN curriculum.

During the three-day program, the curriculum was supplemented with a webinar led by Deborah Baker, Director of Surgical Nursing at Johns Hopkins Hospital; and Gina Szymanski, Nurse Manager, Oncology, Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The IJHN Nurse Manager Academy focuses on four major areas of knowledge and competency: exploring leadership, mastering management, communicating with impact, and building effective teams. The academy boasts attendance from around the world, including Japan, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Bermuda, Panama, and the United States.