nursing schoolIt is always a welcome sign when the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) gets a visit from a health care delegation from China, long part of the School’s campaign to improve nursing care worldwide. And the visit this Thursday, December 5, from 20 to 25 vice presidents and directors of Chinese hospitals is another example of JHUSON’s success at reaching overseas to advance health care the world over.

“Our educational initiatives in China have been mutually beneficial for faculty and students at JHUSON and the faculty and students of the institutions with whom we have partnered,” says Marie T. Nolan, PhD, RN, acting associate dean for academic affairs at JHUSON and the Johns Hopkins director for the nursing doctoral program partnership between JHUSON and Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) School of Nursing. The program, funded by the China Medical Board of New York, prepared the first nursing doctoral graduates from a Chinese university in 2008 and has gone on to produce 22 graduates to date. Because of its focus on capacity building, PUMC now confers PhD degrees on an average of three nurses a year.

There will be several presentations by JHUSON experts and a roundtable discussion on such topics as evidence-based practice, patient safety and infection control, and how nurses interact with physicians. The visit was arranged by the U.S. Trade Department and the Beijing-based American Chamber of Commerce and the JHUSON Center for Global Nursing. JHUSON faculty presenting are Nolan, Dean-designate Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, FAAN, Kathleen White, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN, and Andrea Parsons Schram, DNP, CRNP. Also presenting will be David Newton, executive director of Professional Programs.
The event is to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Carpenter Room at the Anne M. Pinkard Building, 525 N. Wolfe St. in Baltimore.

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