Duke, Fudan Co-sponsor International Forum on Global Health, Nursing

Duke University School of Nursing and Fudan University School of Nursing in China are co-sponsoring an international forum March 10-11, 2013, in Shanghai, China, entitled “Global Health and Nursing—Fudan/Duke Joint International Nursing Forum.” Three themes will be the focus of the forum: long-term care development, nursing professional development, and evidence-based nursing policymaking.

"Duke is committed to strengthening the preparation of nurses to not only provide expert care but also design and improve health care services and systems that lead to better health outcomes for a growing elderly population while improving access, quality, and cost of care," said Catherine Gilliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing, Helene Fuld Health Trust Professor in Nursing, and vice chancellor for nursing affairs at Duke University. "The joint forum with Fudan University is an example of our ongoing work in forming partnerships to address the emerging health care needs of an increasingly global society through nursing science."

Duke keynote presentations at the Shanghai forum will include "The role of nursing leadership in advancing global health" by Dean Catherine Gilliss and "Using large clinical and administrative databases for health care quality improvement and research" by Beth Merwin, PhD, RN, FAAN, executive vice-dean.

Duke oral presentations will include: "Development of long-term care system in China: Lessons learned from other countries" by Dr. Bei Wu, PhD, professor of nursing and global health; "Globally advancing the implementation of nursing science" by Janet Prvu Bettger, ScD, assistant professor; "Influencing health policy: An evidence-based approach" by Nancy Short, DrPH, MBA, RN, associate professor and a senior research fellow at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy; "Blueprint for nursing leadership development: An academic-practice partnership" by Brenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN, professor and health care systems instructional area faculty coordinator; and "Adaptive leadership and workforce development for geriatric nursing care" by Kirsten Corazzini, PhD, associate professor.

Officials from the Chinese Ministry of Health, the Shanghai Bureau of Health, the Chinese Nursing Association, the Shanghai Nursing Association, Fujian Provincial Hospital, and the departments of nursing at Beijing Hospital, Huadong Hospital, and Zhongshan Hospital will be present to give remarks and presentations. Faculty from Fudan University’s Shanghai Medical College, School of Nursing, and School of Public Health as well as Taiwan National Yang-Ming University and Chinese University of Hong Kong will also present at the forum.

Nearly 300 individuals will be in attendance. Upon the forum’s conclusion, it is anticipated that participants will reach a consensus on ways to collaborate and concrete steps for policy recommendations in the coming years.

ABOUT A diverse community of scholars and clinicians, Duke University School of Nursing is educating the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing. We advance nursing science in issues of global importance and foster the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke among the top seven graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The National Institutes of Health awarded $4.3 million in research funding to the Duke School of Nursing (Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012), making it one of the top 10 nursing schools engaged in NIH-funded research. We offer the masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously graduated from college. More than 750 students are enrolled in the Duke School of Nursing, one of the largest numbers in the school's 80-year history.

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