School of Nursing professors teach at Mission College
Patricia L. Jones, PhD, RN (standing, fifth from left), and Nancy A. Kofoed, DNSc, RN (standing, second from right), pose with graduate nursing students on the Muak Lek Mission College campus, located two hours north of Bangkok, Thailand. The two LLU professors were in Thailand to teach a two-week course to graduate nursing students.
Since the students attending Thailand’s Mission College’s Mauk Lek campus are unable to come to Loma Linda, the Loma Linda University School of Nursing is bringing graduate education to them.
Patricia L. Jones, PhD, RN, professor of nursing, and Nancy A. Kofoed, DNSc, RN, assistant professor of nursing, recently completed teaching several graduate nursing courses on Mission College’s Muak Lek campus, located two hours north of Bangkok, Thailand.
The School of Nursing developed the nursing graduate extension program for nurse educators outside of North America because it felt that there was a need for Adventist nursing educators to be prepared for their roles as teachers.
The 25 students attending Loma Linda’s graduate program at Mission College come from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
A similar extension program is also held at the River Plate Adventist University in Argentina. Mission College hosts all the students from Asia; whereas, River Plate hosts all the students from South America, Africa, and Europe.
Lois H. Van Cleve, PhD, RN, professor of nursing, and coordinator for the program, said, “This is a global project to increase educational faculties to be more effective leaders and teachers.”
The master’s program will take the nurses four years to complete. They will meet annually for one month.
Dr. Jones listed the things she enjoyed about working in the program. She enjoys seeing the students eagerly take in what she is sharing with them, seeing the students’ gratefulness for the opportunity to study, and watching how the program changes their lives.
She said, “It’s just a rich and beautiful thing to be a part of. Loma Linda’s mission of teaching and healing is having its impact all over the world.”
Currently teaching physiology on the Thailand campus is Raymond G. Hall Jr., PhD, associate professor of physiology and pharmacology in the School of Medicine.
By Julie Cook, MA
Public relations director
Mauk Lek Mission College