The UCLA School of Nursing, research collaborations overseas have become a major priority for the school. As Associate Dean for International Research & Scholarly Activity, Dr. Adey Nyamathi has already seen a major payoff: most notably, for a $1.75 million grant from the Hong Kong Sanitorium and Hospital (HKSH, pictured right).
Under the five-year collaborative agreement, the School of Nursing is working with the nursing administrators at the Hong Kong institution on ways to improve the quality of care and patient safety at HKSH. In particular, the school has been collaborating with HKSH since 2010 to enhance the quality of nursing care delivered at the bedside and in its ambulatory clinics; promote mentorship of the nurses in conducting clinical research; and enhance the evidence-based practices of HKSH nurses as well as nursing students.
"This is an exciting new relationship that will elevate the expertise of HKSH nurses through evidence-based practice," says Nyamathi." It will combine cutting-edge education and research while introducing new practice models to the HKSH. The collaborative relationship has brought expert nursing teams from the UCLA School of Nursing along with nurses from the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital and Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, to Hong Kong to enable HKSH to build upon its status as a top hospital in Asia and ultimately become a worldwide model for patient care and nursing education for the 21st century.
Nyamathi says that the relationship between the two institutions began to develop approximately in 2008, when Dr. Walton Li, HKSH's medical superintendent, expressed an interest in tapping into the UCLA School of Nursing's expertise to advance nursing practice and improve nursing outcomes for patients seeking care at his facility. After several visits, both by the school's leadership team to Hong Kong and by the HKSH administration to UCLA, an agreement was reached.
Under the grant, faculty and nurse expert teams visit HKSH four times a year and conduct teleconferences three times per year. The topics have been diverse and examples have included nursing management, wound healing, advanced care of the Oncology patient, advanced ophthalmology nursing, etc. Our collaboration has developed and expanded ties, toward the goal of building infrastructure and advancing knowledge that will guide and promote evidence-based practice.
"We believe this will serve as a model for international relationships involving our school," adds Nyamathi. "Eventually, we would like to have sites in many parts of the world where our students and faculty can visit. We can share our expertise, but we also have a lot to learn from these institutions that can improve the practice of nursing here."
UCLA School of Nursing Creates International Collaborations to Reduce Tobacco Usage
On August 18, 2010, the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing, on behalf of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) and in partnership with the University of Hong Kong School of Nursing, held a workshop titled "Building nurses' tobacco research capacity through international collaboration". The one-day workshop took place prior to the 2010 World Cancer Congress in Shenzhen, China. Additional support for the workshop was provided by the Tobacco Control Office, Department of Health, The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and was held in the Peoples Republic of China. The PRC has over 300 million smokers, including 60% of physicians. Very few nurses smoke and have the potential for major contributions in public health and reducing cancer risk by reducing tobacco use.
Drs Linda Sarna, Stella Bialous, and Sophia Chan, ISNCC Tobacco Task Force members helped to coordinate the conference and were assisted by staff from the UCLA, Dr. Marjorie Wells and Lisa Chang. Dr. Sophia Chan facilitated with translation of all of the presentation slides so that both English and Chinese language materials were available. Ingrid Plueckhahn, another ISNCC Task Force Member and Dr. Sanchia Aranda, ISNCC Past President, also participated in the conference.
The approximately 80 participants, mostly nurses from China PRC and Hong Kong had an opportunity to learn from each other and hear ISNCC Tobacco Control Task Force members discuss state of the art research and practice in nursing and tobacco control, with a focus on building international collaboration and strategies for increasing nursing involvement in tobacco control in Asia. All participants received a package of educational materials and resources and several colleagues from China had an opportunity to share the work they are doing in tobacco control in their workplace, from assessment on nurses' KAB regarding smoking cessation, to smoking cessation clinics staffed by nurses, as well as educational programs in nursing schools. Participants also heard from Prof. Xiao Nong Zou of the National Office for Cancer Prevention and Control, National Central Cancer Registry about opportunities for nurses to become involved in tobacco control in China.
At the end, participants provided feedback and the vast majority found the workshop extremely useful and informative and are looking forward to additional educational and networking opportunities from ISNCC. The ISNCC Tobacco Control Task Force will continue to seek funding for other international initiatives to enhance the nurse's role in addressing this leading cause cancer worldwide.
Following this workshop, the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care has received two grants to support international smoking cessation efforts. Both initiatives will be led by by Dr. Linda Sarna, Professor, University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing, and Dr. Stella Bialous, Tobacco Policy International.
Pfizer Foundation: 'Adapting a Smoking Cessation Intervention Distance Learning Program to Educate Nurses in China.
China has the largest population of smokers in the world. In support of the tenets of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, major tobacco control efforts by healthcare professionals are underway but there has been limited attention to enhancing the role that the 1.65 million nurses in China can play in curbing the tobacco-related epidemic. The goal of this project is to adapt a Web-based educational program to increase nurses' knowledge and skills in conducting tobacco cessation intervention. This innovative intervention will use information technology and will be tested by 1000 practicing nurses in Beijing. Dr. Xiao Nong Zou, Chief, Office for Tobacco Control, National Office for Cancer Prevention and Cancer Control, Cancer Institute and Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, and Professor Sophia Chan, Head, School of Nursing, University of Hong Kong, will serve as key consultants. A special page on the Tobacco Free Nurses website will include nurse-tailored translated materials and a twenty minute video Web-cast based on the Rx for Change curriculum© to educate nurses on tobacco cessation interventions. The project will be launched in April, 2011.
Read more about the importance of this initiative and the School of Nursing Program in Bloomberg News.
Dr. Adey Nyamathi and Dr. Linda Sarna have been appointed as Visiting Professors by the Anhui Medical University in China. As visiting professors, they will be giving lectures at the university, supporting research projects and provide guidance and mentorship for faculty visiting UCLA from Anhui Medical University.
Pictured to the left is Dr. Nyamathi and Dean Weili Wang from Anhui University in Hefei, China.