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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.