Partnerships abroad. Since the Yale School of Nursing (YSN) launched its Office of International Affairs in 2002, its students and faculty have partnered with colleagues in over 20 countries -- including Japan, the People's Republic of China, Thailand, South Africa, Russia, Iraq, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, Australia, India, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, England, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Brazil, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Overseas rotations. This summer an unprecedented number of YSN students were placed overseas for their community health rotations that take place in the summer of their Graduate Entry Pre-Specialty in Nursing (GEPN) year. Forty-one students -- or 53% of the GEPN class -- conducted their rotations abroad, nearly twice as many as last year. Also this summer, YSN students conducted research in Guatemala, Haiti and Kenya as recipients of Wilbur Downs Fellowships, which are awarded to medical, public health and nursing students.
Faculty partnerships. YSN faculty also expanded their international partnerships. Professor Pamela Minarik, director of the Office of International Affairs, spent the summer in Japan teaching at Aomori University of Health and Welfare. Minarik also visited the University of Sheffield and clinical sites in the Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust in England with the goal of developing faculty and student exchange programs. Associate professor Lawrence Scahill spoke at several major universities in Tokyo, and assistant professor Elaine Gustafson toured a Primary Care Clinic in Greenland to learn about the healthcare system in that country.