The CU College of Nursing (CON) International Program hosted 19 nursing faculty from seven Japanese universities. Travelling from the islands of Kyushu and Okinawa, the faculty visited University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) to learn about the Nurse Residency Program in a presentation by Sarah Ward, clinical nurse educator, who gave them a tour of UCH. The visitors also met with Kathy Oman, associate professor adjoint at CON and UCH research nurse scientist and clinical nurse specialist, regarding clinical research. They then visited the CON Center for Clinical Education (CEC) with Fara Bowler, instructor and CEC coordinator, where they met Caitlin Shay, a junior Bachelor of Science accelerated student, who had just recently visited Tokyo.
The second day, Kathy Magilvy, professor and associate dean for Academic Programs, gave a presentation on the college. The group also met with Susan Bonini, instructor, to learn about the bachelor of science program, and they ended the day with a tour of the medical school’s Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE) with Joey Failma, senior simulation clinical educator.
The group attended the 24th Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Research and Evidence Based Practice Conference where they joined CON Dean Sarah Thompson and faculty. CON Ph.D. student Yuki Asakura, MS ’05, RN, served as interpreter. Diane Lenfest, director of the International Program, said the visitors expressed great appreciation for their meetings with CON faculty, visits to the CEC, CAPE and UCH, and participation in the conference.