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Previous International Visitors

Lei "Grace" Cheng, MSN

Home Institution: Fudan University School of Nursing, China
Time at DUSON: September 26, 2016 - September 25, 2017
Mentor: Dean Marion E. Broome
Research: Ms. Cheng is focusing her research on implementation science in nursing and pediatric nursing.
Why DUSON? Ms. Lei chose to come to DUSON because of the cross-collaboration between the two schools and DUSON's strength in nursing research. DUSON also provided a supportive environment for my research and study.
Biggest Adjustment in the U.S.: The communication style. The U.S. is more open and direct.
Future Plans: Ms. Lei will defend her doctoral dissertation in December 2017 and continue with her research work on pediatric oncology nursing. She also plans to stay in contact with her faculty mentor, Dean Marion E. Broome.

​Liyan Gu, BSN, RN

Home Institution: Shanghai Changhai Hospital, China
Time at DUSON: March 21, 2016 – March 6, 2017
Mentor: Dr. Eleanor McConnell
Research: Ms. Gu is focusing her research on the development of quality indicators in geriatric care facilities. She is examining models for translating evidence into practice with the help of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development.
Why DUSON? Ms. Gu chose to come to DUSON for the cooperation and collaboration in her research area.
Biggest Adjustment in the U.S.: She said the diversity of cultures and the independence she has experienced have been the biggest adjustments during her stay.
Future Plans: Ms. Gu hopes to learn more about gerontological primary care nurse practitioner training in the U.S. She also hopes to establish a nursing quality evaluation system of geriatric hospitals to lay a foundation for the standardized management of aged care in China by learning from her experiences at foreign institutions.

Marjolein Iversen, PhD, RN

Home Institution: Bergen University College, Norway
Time at DUSON: February 18, 2016 – August 12, 2016
Mentor: Dr. Bei Wu (Dr. Iversen has also cooperated with Professor Ostbye at the Duke Global Health Institute.)
Research: Dr. Iversen’s main area of research focuses on diabetes. She is analyzing large datasets, health surveys and research studies to investigate the use of new technology in clinical practice.
Why DUSON? Dr. Iversen said she was honored to have the opportunity to continue her research at DUSON after previously collaborating with Dr. Elizabeth Clipp. In addition, she has also been a center investigator for the National Institute of Nursing for the past year.
Biggest Adjustment in the U.S.: She said the hardest thing to adjust to was working to get Internet access in her apartment.
Future Plans: Dr. Iversen hopes to continue to collaborate on future research projects with Professor Bei Wu. She said it has also been a valuable experience to learn how education is organized at Duke and how online courses are offered. She believes there may be an interest between DUSON and Bergen University College to collaborate in the education of their students. Finally, Dr. Iversen is a supervisor for a PhD student who will complete part of her studies at DUSON in the fall.

Atiat Ahmed, MSN, RN

Home Institution: South Valley University School of Nursing, Egypt
Time at DUSON: October 20, 2015 – October 20, 2017
Mentor: Dr. Debra Brandon
Research: Ms. Ahmed is working on PhD research in neonatal nursing, specifically on the effect of premature infant oral intervention on feeding progression and length of hospital stay. She is trying to develop an intervention to enhance early oral feeding in premature infants.
Why DUSON? Ms. Ahmed chose to carry out her research at DUSON in order to collaborate with Dr. Brandon who is interested in the same research area and has published studies similar to her own.
Biggest Adjustment in the U.S.: Ms. Ahmed said though in general she can speak English, using the language every day can be a challenge.
Future Plans: Ms. Ahmed hopes to work in the future on clinical practice in pediatrics or neonatal nursing in order to learn new and applicable practices.

Minjoo Hong, PhD, RN

Home Institution: Changshin University Department of Nursing, South Korea
Time at DUSON: September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2016
Mentor: Dr. Jennie De Gagne
Research: Dr. Hong is researching the social determinants of health and quality of life in Korean older adults in South Korea and Korean older adult immigrants in North Carolina. She is working to identify the relationship between social networks, health promotion lifestyle and health-related quality of life.  She is working to determine if these factors have different relationships among Korean older adults in South Korea compared to Korean older adult immigrants in North Carolina.
Why DUSON? Dr. Hong chose to complete her research at DUSON because the work of Dr. De Gagne aligned with her own research interests, allowing her to gain mentored research experience.
Biggest Adjustment in the U.S.: Dr. Hong noted that the American culture and the work environment were two of the biggest things to adjust to when transitioning from working in South Korea to the United States.
Future Plans: Dr. Hong said her visit at DUSON has allowed her to think and reflect on many things. First, she was able to encounter a variety of teaching methods by talking with DUSON faculty, auditing classes and attending conferences. Secondly, she found it very impressive to see faculty and students collaborate cooperatively. Lastly, she said through her work experience at DUSON, she witnessed short- and long-term projects progress systematically and observed how those with distinct roles increased their concentration levels on different aspects of the project. She said this experience will aid her work progress in Korea, and she will be able to apply what she learned to teaching her students.

Xiuquan Gong, PhD

Home Institution: East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China
Time at DUSON: August 21, 2015 – August 20, 2016
Mentor: Dr. Bei Wu
Research: Dr. Gong’s research focuses on the mental health of older adults and Medicare policy. While at DUSON, Dr. Gong will: conduct an in-depth comparison of the targeted function of medical institutions in different countries;  investigate the respective characteristics of targeted elderly patients in different medical institutions in America; conduct research on the detailed process, convenience and risk of cross-level referral processes among medical institutions for elderly patients; implement cross-country and comparative empirical research on medical services for the elderly; and conduct an assessment of the current situation and problems of elderly medical services systems in China.
Why DUSON? Dr. Gong chose to conduct his research at DUSON because of Duke University’s world-renowned reputation and academics and also for the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Wu who has extensive knowledge and experience in researching the elderly. 
Biggest Adjustment in the U.S.: He said the hardest thing to adjust to has been communicating everyday with the English language.
Future Plans: Dr. Gong hopes to continue to research global health policy and continue to collaborate with Duke University.

Roy Thompson, MscN, BScN (Hons), CCN, RGN

Position: Assistant lecturer
Home Institution: University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica
Time at DUSON: July 6 - July 31, 2015
Mentor: Dr. Eleanor McConnell
Observation: Mr. Thompson’s goal was to acquire a greater perspective of gerontology practice and teaching methodologies to help give him a global perspective of gerontology nursing.
Future Plans: He plans to enhance the application of evidence-based knowledge and practices into baccalaureate nursing education at the University of the West Indies.

Anne Sofie Helvik, PhD, RN

Position: Research scientist
Home: Trondheim, Norway
Time at DUSON: June 19 - August 8, 2015
Research Partners: Drs. Kirsten Corazzini and Truls Ostbye
Research: Dr. Helvik collaborated on a manuscript related to quality of life in older adults with and without depression.
Future Plans: Dr. Helvik hopes to identify other areas of research collaboration with DUSON.

Yu Jen Loo, RN

Position: Master of Science nursing student and clinical senior staff nurse at the National Heart Centre, Singapore
Home Institution: National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies
Time at DUSON: May 11 - 22, 2015
Mentors: Drs. Bradi B. Granger and Louise Saladino
Observation: Ms. Loo aimed to gain specific knowledge to enhance the developmental role of an advanced nurse practitioner specializing in cardiology.
Future Plans: Ms. Loo hopes to develop a program at her home institution that focuses on improving health outcomes for patients following acute coronary syndrome events.

Zhijing “Lisa” Xu, MSN, RN

Position: PhD candidate at Fudan University School of Nursing and lecturer at the School of Nursing at Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine
Home: Shanghai, China
Time at DUSON: January 19, 2015 - January 19, 2016
Mentor: Dr. Kirsten Corazzini
Research: Ms. Xu planned to further her understanding of the potential role of advanced nursing practice in health care settings in China. She also strengthened her research knowledge and skills through mentored participation in research on nursing practice in long-term care.
Future Plans: Upon completion of her time at DUSON, Ms. Xu was able to contribute to the completion of an observational survey study of nursing practice in Shanghai, China.

Hao-wen Xu, PhD

Position: Associate professor
Home: The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University in Henan Province of China
Time at DUSON: January 1 - June 30, 2015
Mentor: Dr. Wei Pan
Research: Dr. Xu has conducted research in cerebrovascular disease and has studied pathogenesis and clinical treatment of cerebrovascular disease. At DUSON, he acquired advanced statistical modeling skills to analyze data.
Future Plans: Dr. Xu plans to use these statistical skills to analyze data collected in China in scholarly journals and disseminate his findings at the annual conference of the American Stroke Association.

Jinhee Park, PhD, RN

Position: Postdoctoral associate at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON)
Home Institution: Catholic University of Korea
Time at DUSON: August 1, 2013 - July 31, 2015
Mentors: Drs. Debra Brandon and Diane Holditch-Davis
Research: Dr. Park’s research focused on supporting feeding difficulties in high-risk preterm infants with the overall goal of improving their health and developmental outcomes. To achieve this, she analyzed data from two NINR-funded studies to: 1) examine preterm infants’ sleep-wake state development and their association with the process of acquiring oral feeding competence during hospitalization; and 2) the relationship between preterm infants’ sleep-wake state before, during and after feeding and feeding regulation while infants are transitioning from half to full oral feeding.
Future Plans: Dr. Park began a new position as an assistant professor at the Boston College Connell School of Nursing on August 1, 2015.

Hudson Santos, Jr., PhD, RN

Position: Registered nurse in Brazil and the U.S.
Home Institution: University of Sao Paulo
Time at DUSON: August 1, 2013 - July 31, 2015
Mentors: Drs. Sharron Docherty and Diane Holditch-Davis Research: Dr. Santos worked as a postdoctoral researcher in a program of investigation related to psychological distress symptoms surrounding childbirth, early parenting and infant outcomes. He also developed a grant proposal, submitted to NIH, based on his research of the bio-behavioral bases of postpartum depressive and anxiety symptoms in Latino mothers and their partners by examining parental responses and the impact on infant developments.
Future Plans: Dr. Santos began a position as an assistant professor on the tenure track at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing on August 1, 2015.