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Academic mentorship program hosts nurses from Beijing

Kang Xiaofeng, MSN, RN (left), and Zhao Yan, MSN, RN (second from left), faculty members from Peking Union Medical College School of Nursing, Beijing, People�s Republic of China.
Kang Xiaofeng, MSN, RN (left), and Zhao Yan, MSN, RN (second from left), faculty members from Peking Union Medical College School of Nursing, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, pose for a photograph with his excellency, Ambassador Zhong Jianhua, consult general, and Patricia S. Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor of nursing, School of Nursing.
Kang Xiaofeng, MSN, RN, and  Zhao Yan, MSN, RN, faculty members from Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) School of Nursing, Beijing, China, had never been to America before.

But thanks to an academic mentorship, the two are able to observe nursing education firsthand at Loma Linda University School of Nursing.

The Loma Linda University International Nursing Council has been providing these academic mentorships for more than 10 years.

“These mentorships allow  nursing faculty abroad to come to Loma Linda University and observe not only teaching content, but also methods of teaching,” says Patricia S. Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor of nursing and director, office of international nursing, LLU School of Nursing.

Loma Linda University Medical Center and the School of Nursing have had a long relationship with PUMC. This relationship began in 1988 and has been strengthened over the years.

In 1997, three School of Nursing faculty and one LLUMC staff nurse conducted conferences for the Chinese Nurses Association as part of a School of Public Health project in China. One of these conferences, held at PUMC, was funded by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Global Mission through the School of Public Health.

Ms. Yan teaches nursing management at PUMC, and is grateful for the opportunity to visit Loma Linda.

“The teaching methods are so different between the two countries,” says Ms. Yan. “There is more interaction here.”

After spending time at the School of Nursing, she hopes to change some traditional teaching methods at PUMC.

“I want to give the students more chances to speak,” she says.

She also adds that this may be difficult since classes are often filled with more than 100 students.

According to Ms. Xiaofeng, who teaches fundamentals of nursing and research, the evaluation and testing is different from what she is used to at PUMC.

“There are often so many students in the skills lab that it is difficult to display skills,” she adds.

Both nurse educators hope to encourage smaller groups within their programs in an effort to increase student learning outcomes.

“We would like to strengthen the relationship between Loma Linda University School of Nursing and PUMC so that more educators can come and see what is possible in a nursing school,” says Ms. Yan.

Peking Union Medical College was founded in 1917 by the Rockefeller Foundation, based in the United States. The nursing school was established in 1920 with one of the first college-level nursing programs in the world.

PUMC has enjoyed a significant position in China’s modern medicine and development in nursing education.

PUMC has trained a number of highly qualified professionals in medicine and nursing.

PUMC’s school of nursing developed a master’s program in nursing in 1996, and a doctoral program jointly with Johns Hopkins University in 2005.

By Dustin R. Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, March 26, 2007