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School of Nursing hosts delegation from Thailand Ministry of Public Health

For Immediate Release
Date: May 7, 2012
By: Ashley Wiggin,, 206-221-2456

A delegation of thirty-one officials from the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand visited the School of Nursing on April 19-20, 2012.  Dr. Nitas Raiyawa, Deputy Permanent Secretary, was accompanied by a large entourage consisting of twenty-four Heads of Colleges of Nursing and six Heads of Colleges of Public Health from Thailand.

Thailand VisitorsThailand VisitorsDr. Thongsouy Sitanon, a School of Nursing alumna who graduated with a PhD in 2009 is currently a government officer with the Ministry of Public Health. She was the liaison for the Ministry of Public Health officials and coordinated the visit to the University of Washington with Bette Horishige, Manager of International Programs.

The Ministry of Public Health delegation chose the Schools of Nursing and Public Health for their group’s first visit to the United States.  Their general objectives were to learn about administrative strategies in producing health care providers and maintaining health care providers’ competence through nursing and public health education and management to serve national, international, and global health care needs when facing shortages of health care providers.  Another goal was to build academic and research networks in nursing and public health education and research in health management aimed at addressing and managing global health issues.

Special thanks goes to interim Dean Pam Mitchell who warmly welcomed our distinguished guests to the School, Dr. Betty Gallucci, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, covered the BSN and ABSN curriculum overview, Dr. Maggie Baker, Associate Dean of Graduate Nursing Programs, provided the graduate curriculum overview, Phyllis Zimmer presented on clinical faculty and preceptor development, Dr. Noel Chrisman on community work and culturally appropriate interventions, Dr. George Demiris spoke on roles of faculty in developing and teaching web-based and distance learning courses, Director Juvann Wolff for providing two tours and overview of the learning lab, Dr. Elaine Thompson presenting on research support, Martha Duhamel on Nursing Continuing Education; Joanne Rich, Sarah Safranek, Cathy Burroughs and Val Lawrence who presented  Health Sciences Library, HEAL-WA and Regional Medical Library and a very special thanks to Dr. Brenda Zierler, who gave an overview of the UWMC Nursing Administration and UW Nursing, provided two tours of the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies lab in the UWMC and also was the host during the visit and closing ceremony reception held for our distinguished guests. 

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Dr. Raiyawa presented a formal thank you at the closing ceremony to the School and to all the guest speakers who met with them to meet their objectives. They were inspired by the information and technology that they experienced during their visit. They hope to apply the leaning experience to engage further discussions in developing an ABSN program, clinical faculty and distance learning classes for their nursing colleges under the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand.



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