Cultural Immersion

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henv gao- xìng yù jiàn niv.

Visiting Changhai hospital in Shanghai, China  was an amazing experience and I definitely recommend all of you to engage in more global healthcare experiences at any level. This past June I was fortunate to participate in cultural immersion while participating in a nursing graduation of 1000 students and presenting at an international leadership symposium. While in community, presenting, and spending time with several nurses throughout my touring of the hospital and university, the trip gave me real-world experience. Even in today’s high-tech health care world, future professionals have much to learn from ancient medical practices and human touch.

I was asked to speak about the future of nursing, I had no idea where to start. As I discussed the increasing number of nurses in leadership and advanced practice nursing positions as one of the key recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s groundbreaking Future of Nursing report and a central goal of the Campaign for Action, I saw the emerging nurses at Changhai Leadership Symposium eyes light up! Everyone  agreed that nursing play an important role in healthcare. Nurses provide respect for patient autonomy by recognizing and enhancing a patient’s need for nursing care, respecting patient choices, and providing privacy.

We are more the same than different. As the largest group of health professionals, and as those who spend the most time with patients, nurses have unique insight into health care, and we as nurses need that insight at the highest levels of our health care systems–on the boards of health care systems and hospitals; leading government, federal, state and local agencies; and more. Global Nursing knowledge exchange connects nursing to the roots of why we become nursing— to care, to educate and to discover. Health care transformation is underway across the world and nurses possess the skills to ensure that the perspectives of people, families and communities remain front and center in any health decisions that get made. We as nurses are seeking ways to create organizational work environments that empower nurses to exercise more control over the content and context of our practice in every country. This trip gave me the chance to share my nursing leadership knowledge while gaining cultural experiences and feeling proud to be a Stanford Nurse.

Shanghai has plenty to discover. To get you started, some of the trip’ s highlights was visiting a hospital with 2000 beds  and learning some of their best practices including ED 1500 patients visits daily, 322 patient encounters in the Endoscopy  Lab, 200 OR encounters, Patient Centered family care, VIP services and  traditional Chinese medicine, all within walking distance of each other.  I have a deeper appreciation for language barriers and how we as nurses act as gatekeepers to interpreting and facilitating messaging for patient centeredness.

In addition here are some ideas for distinctively Shanghainese experiences – There was great fun and the people of Shanghai are warm and vibrant.

We took a river boat cruise one evening  where we were able to experience the modern business area of Pudong, where you can watch some of the world’s tallest buildings under construction, and eccentric light shows to the traditional eastern world and historical buildings that provide a rich history. The streets of Shanghai offer seamless transitions between ancient traditions and futuristic trends. The energy is genuinely exciting – the best view is from the observatory at Shanghai Pearl. Where I found myself walking on glass panels hundreds of feet above all of these magnificent buildings with several school children speaking to me in English and taking pictures with all of us.  Who knew my nursing career would take me down this journey.  I thank you all for your multicultural backgrounds and engaging all of our international colleagues.

zài jiàn


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