by Pamela Young, Published August 15, 2012
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University's School of Nursing is hosting a group of Taiwanese nursing students and their professor this month as part of the School's international outreach program.
The seven visiting students, from Hung Kuang University School of Nursing in Taiwan, are studying nursing roles and policy issues in the U.S., and have been touring several area health care facilities since their arrival August 5. Their visit runs through August 17.
"The students' visit is part of a mutual exchange between both schools of nursing," says Tsu-Win Wu, a professor of nursing at Eastern Michigan University, who arranged the exchange.
The students' agenda includes taking a two-credit course, "Current Issues in Nursing," and visiting St. Joseph Mercy Hospital sites in Ann Arbor and Chelsea; the University of Michigan Health System, and the Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti.
"We've paired the students with nursing staff at each location, so they can observe innovative nursing roles, such as clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse leaders," said Wu.
The exchange program began when Wu and Peggy Trewn, professor and former interim director of nursing at EMU, took six senior nursing students to Hung Kuang University in 2011 for their community clinical rotations.
"The goal is to continue such formats, so the School of Nursing can build long-term relations with Hung Kuang University," Wu says. "We eventually would like to expand the program to include faculty exchanges for research and teaching."
The model also can be extended to other programs in Eastern's College of Health and Human Services, she added.
Hung Kuang University is located in Taichung County, in the central part of Taiwan. The university currently has more than 22,000 students.
For more information, go to Eastern Michigan's School of Nursing or call 734.487.2310.