Bangkok Nursing educators turn to Notre Dame for invaluable advice

Two nurse educators from Bangkok Hospital work with Mr Rodney McAloon,
Senior Technical Officer School of Nursing Sydney, in the simulation ward.

12 March 2014

Two Nurse Educators from Bangkok Hospital are visiting The University of Notre Dame Australia this week to learn from the best in their field.

Notre Dame will host the Nurse Educators from until Friday 7 March during which time they will be shown the ins and outs of teaching in a simulation ward.

This will be the second time Bangkok Hospital has sent representatives to Notre Dame. In 2013, delegates toured the simulation wards of the start-of-the-art site in Darlinghurst. Later that year, Bangkok Hospital received funding for their own simulation wing at which point they approached Notre Dame to be a consultant.

When representatives of Bangkok Hospital return to Notre Dame this week, they will be observing the best practices for teaching within a simulation ward and seeking to emulate the skills of the University's academics.

Associate Dean of the School of Nursing in Sydney, Mark Rosenthal, was involved in the process of consultation with Bangkok Hospital and believes developing clinically ready nursing graduates is exceptionally important.

"Ensuring our students are prepared with clinical skills through rigorous practices in simulation wards before they head out on even their first clinical placement, is all part of our philosophy of developing graduates who are equipped to provide the highest possible quality nursing care in any health care setting. This approach to education has proven results and our international support is encouraging," Mr Rosenthal says.

Dean of the School of Nursing, Associate Professor Tracey Moroney, believes the School's work with Bangkok Hospital speaks of Notre Dame's growing international reputation.

"Graduates of the School of Nursing at Notre Dame are among the most clinically-ready and competitive in Australia," Associate Professor Moroney says.

"Having an international hospital seek us out for advice and professional development affirms the skills and expertise of our academics, and the outstanding quality of our graduates who enter the work force as some of the most employable and well-prepared graduates in the country."

The visiting representative of Bangkok Hospital will spend this week observing first, second and third year simulation tutorials and observing practices at Notre Dame's partner hospital St Vincent's Hospital Sydney.

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