School of Nursing Hosts Guests From Japan

On Monday, May 23, the UCSF School of Nursing, Department of Community Health Systems (CHS), hosted a delegation from Japan. Specifically, key members from St. Luke International University College of Nursing in Tokyo, Japan. Guests included: Director of International Cooperation and Professor of Public Health Nursing Dr. Kiyomi Asahara (6th from right in the group photo below), Public Health Nursing Faculty Dr. Maki Umeda (4th from right), and Assistant Manager of Center for International Cooperation Ms. Kaoru Nakajima (3rd from right). The purpose of the visit was to learn about our graduate level specialty nursing education and research in Advanced Public Health Nursing and Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) and to discuss future collaboration in nursing education and research between the two organizations.

CHS Faculty, Professors Emeriti, and delegation from Japan stand for a group photo.

Directors and faculty members of the two specialty programs participated in the meetings, including: Advanced Public Health Nursing Program Director Carol Dawson-Rose, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Professor Catherine Waters, PhD, RN, FAAN; and, as well as on our OEHN Program Director Oi Saeng Hong, RN, PhD, FAAN, Clinical Professor Barbara Burgel, RN, MS, PhD, COHN-S, FAAN, and Assistant Professor Soo-Jeong Lee, PhD, RN, ANP. In addition, Professor Robyn Gershon, MHS, DrPH, spoke to the group on graduate-level courses in public health disaster preparedness and response. Dr. Gershon is also an affiliated faculty in the OEHN program of the School of Nursing and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.

Our PhD student from Japan, Midori Nakajima, also participated in this important meeting, and shared her study experience as an international student at UCSF School of Nursing with the visitors.

Professor Emeriti Furuta and Oda, Dr. Hong, and delegation from Japan pose with the partnership agreement.

A special luncheon provided a highlight to the day. The Chair of the CHS Department, Professor Carmen Portillo, welcomed the group at the luncheon. The group had a lively conversation and meal with two Professor Emeriti of the School of Nursing, namely: Former CHS Department Chair and Professor Emeriti Dorothy Oda and former Director of International Programs and Professor Emeriti Betty Furuta. The visitors expressed special appreciation and great enjoyment for meeting with professors Oda and Furuta, who are Japanese descendants.

The group takes a photograph with School of Medicine Professor Robyn Gershon (middle).