July 27, 2005
Korean Nursing Students Visit CUA to Learn about American Health Care
D.C. — Ten
undergraduate nursing students and a nursing professor from The Catholic
University of Korea are getting a taste of American medicine while spending two
weeks at CUA. The nurses arrived here from Seoul on July 25 and will return Aug. 5.
Nalini Jairath, dean of the CUA School of Nursing, and Mary
Paterson, assistant dean of undergraduate programs (from top left), welcome
nurses from The Catholic University of Korea to The Catholic University
of America for two
weeks’ study of American health care.
The objectives of the trip are for nurses to become familiar
with professional nursing practices in the United
States and to understand the general health-care system
here, says Mary Paterson, assistant dean of undergraduate programs at the School of Nursing. Paterson, who is helping
coordinate the nurses’ activities, has planned a full schedule. “We’re allowing
only one day for jet lag,” Paterson
The nurses attend morning seminars on such topics as mental
health nursing and the role of nursing in education, administration and policy.
During the afternoons they visit area institutions, including the National
Institutes of Health, Washington
and the American Nurses Association, as well as traditional tourist spots in
the nation's capital.
“The School of Nursing has a global reputation for mentoring
students for future leadership positions,” says Nalini Jairath, dean of the School of Nursing. “The current visit by students
from The Catholic University of Korea continues our legacy and is an important
collaboration between two very different Catholic universities with a common
goal of improving the health of all.” Jairath hopes the visit leads to other
“I’m looking forward to learning about American health-care
activities,” says Sister Salesia Sungsuk
Han, a professor in the College of Nursing at The Catholic University of Korea,
who has been in the United States twice before. “I’d like to visit all kinds of
hospitals, especially big ones.”
It is the first visit for most of the nursing students,
however, and to make them feel at home there are rice cookers in the fourth
floor lounge of Flather Hall, where they’re staying
on campus, and plenty of kimchi, the spicy Korean
cabbage dish, on hand. Yeon-Soo Jang, a doctoral
student of nursing at CUA, is translating the lectures from English to Korean.
MEDIA: For more
information, contact Katie Lee or Anne Cassidy in the CUA Office of Public
Affairs at 202-319-5600.
The Catholic University
of America School of Nursing
has long been one of the nation’s leading nursing schools. Founded in 1932, the
school has graduated more than 8,000 nurses, many of whom now hold top
leadership positions in hospitals and health-care settings, academia, the
military and government. Offering bachelor’s, master’s
and doctor of science degrees, the School
of Nursing is accredited
by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. It partners with
more than 130 clinical agencies in the Washington,
D.C. area to provide students
with a broad and diverse exposure to nursing, multicultural health-care
practices and state-of-the-art research.
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