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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 27, 2003

Japanese Students, Faculty Visit College Of Nursing

Nine nursing students and two faculty from the Yamanashi College of Nursing in Japan are visiting the University of Iowa College of Nursing Sept. 8-19. The visit is part of an international exchange that has grown out of the 41-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 labs, socialize and experience American culture. 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 2004, students and 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 have the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture. M. Patricia Donahue, Ph.D., professor and executive associate dean, is the faculty sponsor for the exchange.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Nursing, 101 Nursing Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

CONTACT: Bonnie McIntosh (319) 335-7003,