The student and faculty exchange programs at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) are a core component of our PAHO / WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Human Resources Development and Patient Safety.
Our student exchange program develops human resources by teaching participating students important patient safety skills and enhancing their transcultural knowledge base to make them effective future leaders in the nursing field.
The objectives of the student exchange program are to provide nursing students, who range in level from undergraduate to post-graduate, with the opportunity to:
International student visits are constructed as two-week observerships and include:
Our School has international student exchange agreements in place with hospitals and universities in Taiwan, Spain, Chile, Mexico, Haiti, Australia, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. During the last year alone, (Oct 2011-Oct. 2012), our WHO CC hosted students from throughout the PAHO region and beyond, including:
Also during the last year (Oct. 2011-Oct. 2012), University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies students participated in “minimesters abroad” in the PAHO region and beyond, including:
The evaluation component of our international student exchange program has been expanded into a formal research project composed of exit interviews on program value, expectations/outcome and feelings. The qualitative data collected will form the basis for a manuscript to be submitted for publication. Our PAHO / WHO CC has received University of Miami Institutional Review Board approval to conduct prospective data collection consisting of group exit interviews and completion of evaluation forms by the visiting international students. Visiting student evaluations reveal high levels of satisfaction.
Our PAHO / WHO CC’s faculty exchange program is geared towards the mutual enhancement of knowledge and technical ability in the areas of nursing education, clinical care and research, focusing on country-specific patient safety. Such network-strengthening activities between our faculty and that of other institutions in the PAHO region typically occur around other pursuits, such as the “Simulation Strategies Workshop for Patient Safety” course, which targets Spanish-speaking nursing professionals, or during our PAHO / WHO CC’s hosting of the International Patient Safety Experts’ network meeting.
During the last year alone (September 2011 to October 2012), our WHO CC hosted faculty and other public health officials from throughout the PAHO region and beyond, including: