Nursing Faculty from China Visit Portland Campus

Visitors from Macau, China, stopped by to observe and learn

By: Becky St. Clair

Lucy Krull (center, in red), dean of the WWU School of Nursing, welcomed several Chinese nursing professionals to the Portland campus in January.

At the end of January, WWU was privileged to have several representatives from Kiang Wu College of Nursing in Macau, China, visit the school of nursing on the Portland campus. Two were nursing faculty, one was an administrative assistant, and the fourth visitor was the president of the college.

Their goals while they were visiting were numerous. Not only did they want to make acquaintance with deans of international nursing programs, but they also wanted to explore the possibilities of establishing short-term faculty exchange and perhaps later even student visits for observation.

In addition, the group wanted to learn about supportive environments for learning, observe classroom and clinical labs, experience a bit of western culture, improve communication skills with foreigners, and broaden the general outlook in academia by dialoguing with nurse educators.

After a brief tour of Las Vegas (part of their culture study), the group arrived in Portland and spent an entire day with Lucy Krull, professor of nursing on the Portland WWU campus, and dean of the WWU School of Nursing. They learned a lot about WWU’s nursing curriculum, and observed several students in labs at the Adventist Medical Center.

This is not the first visit WWU has had from international nurse educators. Krull remembers groups from China, the Philippines, and Thailand visiting in the past. This time, the visiting nursing professionals not only observed at WWU, but also at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and the University of Washington – Seattle.

The faculty on the Portland campus were interested to learn that these visiting nurses had a lot of the same issues that we do here in America: They have a nursing shortage in their area, they spend a lot of time on accreditation, and they have to struggle to get the younger students to work hard and keep on track.

“We asked them just about as many questions as they asked us,” says Krull with a laugh. “Their English was very good, and it was really delightful to talk with and learn about them.”

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