In October, Portland Community College’s Nursing Program’s Simulation Laboratory hosted 40 Japanese nursing scholars from Oregon Health and Sciences University’s School of Nursing Visiting Scholars Program. OHSU hosts international faculty and student scholars for short term visits that focus on nursing education, nursing research and the American Health Care System.
Committed to sustaining a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students within a variety of practice settings, PCC’s Nursing Program was happy to host this group from the Osaka Medical College School of Nursing in Japan. Nursing instructors Doris Rink and Wendy Shelden led the students in a day of simulated learning. Updated during the 2012-2013 academic year, PCC’s state of the art Nursing Simulation Lab provides a safe and supportive learning environment for students to become leaders in scholarship and practice. During this innovative day-long partnership, Japanese nursing students practiced caring for an American English-speaking patient. This provided an opportunity for the international students to expand their ability to work with clients from diverse backgrounds.
“Working with this group of nursing students allowed an exchange of culturally competent nursing care,” said Rink, simulation coordinator. “This experience expanded the Japanese students cultural awareness as well as the PCC faculty’s so that we are better equipped to serve patients globally for years to come. Furthermore, this partnership exemplifies PCC Sylvania’s spirit of service and commitment to diversity – locally and globally.”
This partnership was facilitated in large part by PCC’s active membership in the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education. This coalition of statewide nursing educators and programs consists of OHSU and Umpqua, Southwestern Oregon, Rogue, Lane, Clackamas, Mount Hood and Blue Mountain community colleges. Faculty from the various nursing programs have created a shared curriculum that is taught on all consortium campuses. Rink said partnerships like these allow nursing programs such as ours to share resources and ensure diversity across programs.