Sophomore nursing students from Niigata University of Health & Welfare in Japan, recently visited West Coast University-Los Angeles for a tour of the Simulation Center and campus.
West Coast University students in simulation classes gathered with the Japanese students to exchange cultural differences that impact nursing in both countries. Following the gathering, West Coast University and Japanese students participated in an orientation simulation program caring for a pneumonia patient.
Campus Nursing Dean, Gina Rico, also spoke with the Japanese nursing students and faculty about the simulation curriculum and how theory and simulation are aligned.
“This was an exceptional rewarding day for all students and faculty involved,” Rico shared. “The Japanese tour guide shared with us that regardless of the language barrier, the students built some confidence in the lab by working together with our students and were able to experience a simulation lab for the first time.”
This is the second visit in the past year from a Japanese university’s nursing program. Professors from the previous visit were very impressed with WCU-LA’s nursing program as well as the advanced simulation center, so they specifically requested to bring their students to the campus again.
“All of the students and professors from Niigata said their day at WCU was the highlight of their stay in the U.S.!” Rico added.