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Shadyside Hospital

Japanese Nurses Coming to Shadyside Hospital
For Week-Long Educational and Cultural Exchange

Eighteen nurses representing several hospitals and clinics across Japan will arrive at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, on Monday, September 25 to begin a week of classes, clinical experiences, and conferences covering the latest developments in nursing.

This educational and cultural exchange, arranged by Kazuo Kodero, D. Sci, director of the English Society Institute in Tokyo, marks the third visit by Japanese nurses to Shadyside Hospital in seven years. Previous visits took place in 1989 and 1993.

"We are pleased to welcome another group of nurses to Shadyside Hospital to learn and share ideas about nursing, and to continue our relationship based on mutual respect and a common goal of providing quality, innovative nursing innovation and care," said Gail Wolf, RN, MSN, DNS, vice president of patient care services at Shadyside.

The nurses are scheduled to arrive Monday for an 8:00 a.m. breakfast, followed by a full day of conferences led by Shadyside nurse educators, nursing unit directors, and other staff members. At the end of the day, a welcome reception will be held in the hospital's west wing concourse from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The nurses will spend Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday with preceptors in the clinical setting, accompanying Shadyside nurses on patient rounds and observing how care is provided. A second day of conferences is planned for Thursday.

Among the topics to be presented are Project Wildlife, a nursing work evaluation and quality improvement project, and Excelcare, a computerized method for documenting and measuring nursing standards. Other topics include clinical pathways, organizational restructuring, and performance motivation, and a panel discussion will focus on shifting roles in nursing. On the fun side, the Japanese nurses will have the opportunity to explore bargain hunting. Western Pennsylvania style during an all-day Saturday expedition to the Grove City Outlets.

How the Exchange Began and Evolved

The Shadyside-Japan exchange began in 1989, when the English Society Institute wanted to visit hospitals in the United States to learn about advanced nursing practice, and chose Shadyside as one of only two hospitals in the U.S. at which Japanese nurses could best study innovative nursing techniques. At that time, 22 nurses visited Shadyside Hospital.

The first interchange was so successful that in 1990, the Institute invited Dr. Wolf to address nursing leaders in Japan. She and 14 members of Shadyside's nursing staff, administration and board toured hospitals and clinics to observe Japanese nursing. In 1991 and 1993, representatives of Shadyside's nursing administration returned to Japan to teach and lecture. In 1993, a second group of Japanese nurses visited Shadyside Hospital for a study tour.

Part of Shadyside's reputation for excellence in nurse education can be attributed to the hospital's Beckwith Institute for Innovation in Nursing, the primary purpose of which is to provide education, stimulation, and development of the use of creativity and innovation in health care organizations.

"The professional interchanges between our two hemispheres have continued since the first visit, leading to lasting, personal, cross cultural friendships," said Dr. Wolf.


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