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AINEC Latin America, July 2011

The Latin America chapter of the Adventist International Nursing Education Consortium (AINEC Latin America) was organized on July 23, 2011 at a meeting held at the Adventist University in Peru. Dr. Patricia Jones, Director, Office of International Nursing, Loma Linda University School of Nursing and Associate Director, Department of Health Ministries, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and Dr. Edelweiss Ramal, Associate Professor of Nursing, along with the following deans, directors, and coordinators of 12 nursing programs in Latin America participated in the event:

Dr. Marlise De Olivera Pimentel, Centro Universitario Adventista de Sao Paulo, Brasil 
Mg. Judith Mabel Ayala Choque, Universidad Adventista de Bolivia Lic. Olga Liliana Mejía Arango, Corporación Universitaria Adventista Colombia
Lic. Marian Orlinda Molyneux Miller, Universidad Adventista de Centroamérica, Costa Rica 
Lic. Brigitte Patricia Marsollier, Universidad Adventista del Plata, Argentina
Mg. Aracely Quiroz Villanueva, Universidad de Montemorelos, México
Mg. Elsa Ruth Escalante Reyes, Universidad Linda Vista, México 
Mg. Deonne Sylvia Villanueva Clouzet, Universidad Adventista Chillán, Chile
Lic. Addis Luz de Olivera, Universidad Adventista de Paraguay 
Mg. Arelis A. Tello de Guzmán, Universidad Adventista Dominicana
Mg. Rut Ester Mamani Limachi, Universidad Peruana Unión; Filial Juliaca, Perú
Mg. Ángela Paredes Aguirre, Universidad Peruana Unión, Lima, Perú.

The officers elected were:
President, Mg. Ángela Paredes Aguirre, Peru.
Vice President 1, Mg. Aracely Quiroz de Cortez, Mexico.
Vice President 2, Dr. Marlise De O. Pimentel, Brasil.
Secretary, Mg. Deonne Sylvia Villanueva Clouzet, Chile.

Aims of AINEC Latina America include:

Create a directory of the members

Develop a strategic plan for networking among members

Plan an AINEC Latin America conference every two years

Create an AINEC Latin America website where member institutions can display and share their history, curriculum, faculty and student experiences, and resources.

Great enthusiasm was generated during this meeting regarding the potential benefits of AINEC Latin America. The deans, directors, and coordinators of nursing programs who attended returned to their respective institutions committed to the fulfillment of AINEC Latina America aims.

Click HERE to view a gallery of photos from the conference.

LLUSN Botswana Trip, Summer 2011

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LLU Off-campus programs...

Thirty students representing Botswana, Cambodia, China, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Napal, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand, USA, and Zambia are enrolled in the Masters Degree program at Mission College in Thailand from July to August. The next session is scheduled for July 5 through August 1, 2011.

The LLU campus PhD program from July through August have seven students representing China, Jamaica, Malaysia, Philippines and the US. The program employs an online hybrid format where students attend intensive summer sessions on campus and continue with distance learning through NEXUS in their respective countries.

LLU Trio Enhance Clinical Outcomes for Babies in Palestine

Dorothy Forde, Clinical Educator for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of LLU was the first NICU nurse consultant to provide assessment and training under the auspices of the Palestinian Health Sector Reform and Development project (Flagship Project).  Joining her were Dr. Douglas Deming, neonatologist and Carter Tong, respiratory therapist.  The trio made up the multidisciplinary team that went on a 3-week onsite visit to Palestine, July 4-24, 2010.

The Flagship Project is a five-year initiative funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), designed and implemented in close collaboration with the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH). The Project’s main objective is to support the MoH, selected non-governmental organizations, and selected educational and professional institutions in strengthening their institutional capacities and performance to support a functional and democratic Palestinian health sector able to meet its priority public health needs. The Project works to achieve this goal through three components: (1) supporting health sector reform and management, (2) strengthening clinical and community-based health, and (3) supporting procurement of health and humanitarian assistance commodities.

This consultation included evaluation of the current status and examination of indicators of quality of care at the NICUs at Rafidia Hospital (RH) in Nablus and the Palestine Medical Complex (PMC) in Ramallah.  A variety of educational lectures and presentations were provided for staff.  Direct clinical supervision and bedside education was provided regarding critically ill children and neonates.  Assistance was also given concerning USAID donated medical equipment for direct patient application.

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September, 2009

Aboard! legal and risk implications for international travel and visitors was a two-day conference specifically designed for those who plan to participate in an upcoming mission trip or special, speaking/education event outside the country, and for those who are contacted by an international visitor to come and visit our institution. 

Nursing leadership from LLUMC and BMC contributes to Third Annual International Academic Week at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in China

Four nursing leaders from Loma Linda University Medical Center and Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center recently traveled to Huangzhou, China to conduct a nursing leadership conference as part of the Third Annual International Academic Week. The conference—which was held at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital (SRRSH) on October 15 & 16, 2008—attracted more than 80 nurses from SRRSH and other health care facilities of the region.

The four LLU nursing leaders—Norie Bencito, CMSRN, MSc, Hazel Curtis, RN, MPH, Debbie Damazo, RN, MS, CPAN, and Ellen McCarville, RN, MS, CPAN—lectured on a variety of nursing leadership topics and conducted interactive seminars designed to help nurses at SRRSH gain increased recognition for their vital contributions to health care throughout the People’s Republic of China.

The story of how LLU became involved in the conference underscores cooperative aspects of the affiliation between LLU and the Chinese hospital. Hazel Curtis, at Loma Linda University, views the process of selecting topics for the lectures and presentations as a collaborative effort that began when Feng Jine, RN, MS, director of nursing education at SRRSH, visited Loma Linda in June, 2008, for her graduation from the off-campus master’s degree program offered through the LLU School of Nursing.

Ms. Curtis says that Ms. Feng sat down with Jan Zumwalt, RN, MS, MBA, associate director of the global health institute at Loma Linda University, and herself to discuss which topics would be meaningful to their nursing staff.

“We wanted to make sure that what we were going to present was what they actually wanted,” Ms. Curtis recalls, “and would benefit them the most.”

That conversation was followed by live videoconferences between nursing leaders of both organizations. After extensive consultation, it was agreed that the following topics would be presented: Ms. Bencito would discuss “Building a Functional Team,” Ms. Curtis would speak on “Creating a Coaching Culture,” Ms. Damazo would address “Nursing Empowerment,” and Ms. McCarville would talk about “Transformational Leadership.”

The videoconferences made a vivid impression on Ellen McCarville. "Seeing and dialoguing on video conference with the SRRSH nursing vice president and director of nursing education helped us realize how much they wanted to make their nursing leaders transformational,” she shares. “They wanted to have a voice in healthcare and to help shape it. When we walked away from the second videoconference, I knew we would be able to hit it on the head for them."

Jan Zumwalt says LLU’s participation in the Academic Week is a natural outgrowth of the LLU affiliation with SRRSH, and Zhejiang University Children’s Hospital (ZUCH).

“A little over a year ago,” she notes, “a couple of the Chinese nurses who mentored under Norie Bencito during their rotation here suggested that we hold a nursing leadership conference in China so that a greater number of their nurse manager colleagues could benefit from additional leadership training. We felt it was a valuable idea since it would allow us to enhance the professionalism of nursing in China.”

For Hazel Curtis, the venue grew to include ZUCH as a result of a request from Katherine Fu Cangcang, RN, a pediatric surgical intensive care nurse who came to Loma Linda as part of LLU Children’s Hospital’s agreement of clinical cooperation with Zhejiang University. Ms. Fu, who was in California to learn methods of caring for pediatric cardiac surgery patients to share with her nursing colleagues in China, identified communication between Chinese nurses and members of their patients’ families as an area that could be enhanced, and suggested that Ms. Curtis should make a presentation on that topic at ZUCH during her visit to Hangzhou.

“That was really cool,” Ms. Curtis remembers. “We called the presentation ‘Making Small Moments Count,’ and the conference room was full. There were even physicians present. At the end of the meeting, Li Zhongli, director of nursing at ZUCH, stood up and said—in Chinese of course—that as of that very day, they would begin holding rounds at patients’ bedsides with family members present. While I felt that was an important step forward, Katherine was so excited, she was jumping in her skin!”

Not without good reason. Hazel Curtis recollects what happened when she and Katherine went for tea after the Making Small Moments Count presentation. “Katherine told me she just wanted to make a small improvement in nursing care at her hospital,” she states, “but I told her she had no idea what a huge difference she had already made.”

Ye Zhihong, RN, PhD, vice president for nursing at SRRSH, notes that the two-day event “left a deep impression on attendees. The director of nursing from Taizhou Hospital said: ‘I really enjoyed the lecture. As a nurse manager, I now recognize that it is important to encourage my nurses as much as I possibly 

Ms.Ye also reports that another participant was similarly impressed with what she learned. “Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital’s nursing program is a modern model in China,” she quotes the unnamed nurse manager as saying. “I am so lucky that I was invited to attend this wonderful conference. I hope I can come here next year to learn more.”

Jan Zumwalt is similarly excited. “It has been gratifying,” she reflects, “to see how eager the Chinese nurses are to learn. It’s also been very rewarding to see the progress the nursing profession has made in the nearly 15 years since Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital opened and we began mentoring and working with them.”

Ms. Zumwalt cites the success of the nursing leadership conference as evidence of what she perceives as a very positive trend. “They invited nurses from other hospitals all over the province,” she points out. “They are no longer learning from us as much as they are teaching others in China. We consider it a privilege to have been a part of this development.”

See a photograph of conference presenters.


Health as a bridge for global peace
"Impacting healthcare in China through long-term hospital collaboration," 

Impacting healthcare in China through long-term hospital collaboration / international nursing poster presented at the American Academy of Nursing

Patricia Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN; Kerri Kimbrow, RN, MS; Ye Zhihong, PhD, RN; and Jan Zumwalt, RN, MS, MBA, presented their poster titled “Impacting Healthcare in China Through Long-term Hospital Collaboration: Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA and Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, PR China” at the 35th annual meeting and conference of the American Academy of Nursing. The theme of the conference, held November 6-8, 2008, in Scottsdale, AZ, was Health as a Bridge for Global Peace.

The poster focused on the nursing efforts between Loma Linda University (LLU) and Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital (SRRSH) over the past fifteen years. This unique partnership led to SRRSH becoming a model for innovative nursing leadership practices in China. Jan Zumwalt, Executive Director of International Affairs for Loma Linda University Medical Center, and Patricia Jones, Director, Office of International Nursing for Loma Linda University School of Nursing, are co-chairs of the International Nursing Council. Ye Zhihong is the Vice President of Nursing for SRRSH and Kerrie Kimbrow served as the Administrative Nursing Consultant at SRRSH in the early years of the collaboration.

See photograph of presenters (L to R): Jan Zumwalt, Patricia Jones, Ye Zhihong, Kerrie Kimbrow

View the poster.

Five nurses from LLU Children's Hospital assist in 17 pediatric heart surgeries in Alexandria Main University Hospital, Egypt

When most people think of Egypt, images of pyramids, nomads, and camels come to mind. However, for the 5 nurses from Loma Linda University Children's Hospital (LLUCH), they will fondly remember the many pediatric patients and families that they helped at the Alexandria Main University Hospital (AMUH).

From November 9 - 20, 2009, the Loma Linda University Overseas Heart Surgery Team performed 17 pediatric heart surgeries at AMUH. The purpose of the trip was to offer life saving surgeries to these children and to educate Egyptian surgical teams on advanced cardiothoracic surgery techniques, perioperative procedures, and post-op patient care. The LLUCH team consisted of 5 nurses (3 cardiothoracic ICU nurses, 1 cardiothoracic surgery nurse practitioner, and 1 cardiothoracic nurse/service line specialist ), 8 physicians, 1 perfusionist, and 1 respiratory therapist.

To read more about the team’s experience in Alexandria visit their blog at http://lluheartsurgeryteam.blogspot.com/.

The Chief

Chief Samson Bamidele Popoola, widely known in Nigeria as "The Chief" was on campus visiting from Nigeria and made a "confession" during this interview. He said, coming to Loma Linda he had expected to find a hospital as big as the Ile-Ife Hospital. He was astounded to find the Loma Linda Medical Center to be "more than a hospital, it's actually whole city."

Ariwajoye or "Chief" is a lifetime honorary title given to someone of "good character" awarded by the King and the town council. Each village is entitled to have one Chief appointed for life. Only one person at a time can have this title in the village. In 1983, Popoola was appointed Chief for Ilaje, the local government area of Ondo State, Nigeria.

Chief Popoola currently serves as the Director of Nursing and Rural Health of the Seventh-day Adventist Hospital in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, a position he has held since 2004. Since March of this year, his role has expanded to include supervision not only of nurses but also the Hospital's housekeeping, mortuary, laundry, nursing assistants, and medical records, having a total of 60 employees to supervise.

The Chief has served the Church in Nigeria for over 30 years, 12 of these years were in the Adventist Hospital in Ile-Ife. From 1979-84, the Chief started a rural Adventist community clinic. In 1984 to 1987 he was in Ugbo, a fishing village in Ilaje, a local government area of Ondo State, Nigeria, where he worked along the coastline, providing health care to fishermen and their families. From where he lived, he traveled 45 minutes on a boat to get to this village everyday. It was for his service and contribution to this village that he was honored and presented a certificate awarding him the title "Chief." In 1998, he took time off for a year to pursue a program in community head nursing at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-ife. Between 1992-1993 he set up a clinic to do more outreach. One such project was called the African Queen, a big boat designed to service the whole area of the coast providing health education, immunization, primary care, family planning, and HIV or AIDS prevention.

The Chief is looking forward to implementing all that he has learned in visiting Loma Linda. He is especially impressed with the efficient collaboration and teamwork between the Hospital and the Nursing School in achieving common goals of patient safety, quality control, health information management, and "Interact coaching" for success.

Comments from our visitors

Camille Ho, Hong Kong Adventist Hospital
“I have learned so much from people who are knowledgeable in their fields and are united in their willingness to share that knowledge with me. There is a strong bond among clinicians, a strong team spirit pervades the Unit. Everyone received me with great enthusiasm...,”
Yolanda Serrano, Clinica Good Hope, Peru
“Advances in methods and technology in the operating rooms are the most impressive... I have learned to use new instruments… I learned a lot.”
Orapin Potacharoen, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai University Hospital, Thailand
“More than techniques and clinical practice, I've learned values that I am taking back to my hospital--values like open communication, teamwork, humility and mutual respect.”