Contributed by Mary Louise Fleming, PhD, RN, and OiSaeng Hong, PhD, RN, FAAN
From November 2 - 6, 2015, the Healthcare Administration & Interprofessional Leadership (MS-HAIL) Program Director, Mary Louise Fleming, PhD, RN, in collaboration with the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) Program Director, OiSaeng Hong, PhD RN, FAAN, hosted a leadership conference for the Korean Hospital Nurses Association. Participants included 29 nurse leaders from 14 South Korean hospitals with bed capacity between 550 to over 2,000.
MS-HAIL faculty and recent graduates of the program in conjunction with faculty of the OEHN program provided leadership development sessions. Several School of Nursing faculty also delivered excellent lectures in areas such as workforce and patient safety, use of simulation approaches in teaching, long-term care issues in the U.S., and new directions for the School of Nursing nursing education including doctor of nursing practice. Bilingual graduate nursing students provided excellent assistance with translation for the participants and also made presentations on their research projects to the group. Featured, as a keynote speaker, was Monica Kwon, RN, MS, (Korean American) retired Chief Nursing Officer from Los Angeles County Ambulatory Care Network.
As first-time visitors to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), these top Korean Nurse Leaders were excited to make site visits to the world-class UCSF Kanbar Center Simulation Lab, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Mission Bay, and Laguna Honda Hospital. They also were able to experience the UCSF campus with sessions held in the School of Nursing, the Kalmanovitz Library, and the Faculty and Alumni House. The participants also had a guided informative tour of the campus and were able to take many photos at UCSF landmarks.
The week-long conference concluded with a lunch celebration in the beautiful Lange Room in the UCSF Kalmanovitz Library. Participants received a conference certificate and were honored to have their individual picture taken with Dean David Vlahov and conference faculty. The President and Chief Executive Officer of the Korean Hospital Nurses Association stated that the conference was a big success. She indicated their wish to return next year so that additional Nurse Leaders could participate in the conference offerings.