For Immediate Release - Southwest Tennessee Community College

Date: July 18, 2011

Southwest Nursing Program Creates International Partnership

Southwest Tennessee Community College and the Department of Nursing at University College Lillebaelt (UCL) in Denmark have formalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), an agreement that encourages and develops co-operation and exchange in all faculty areas of mutual academic interest. The MOU will also include exchange of staff and students for educational activities, exchange of materials and publications of common interest, and the organization of joint activities such as courses, conferences, seminars and lectures.

The collaboration will allow two Danish nursing students an offering of one three-week program and two five-week programs to be held at Southwest. The three-week program will include both classroom and clinical coursework. The students will have study visits at the Med to explore nursing at the Trauma Center and ICU settings, and will also visit other area facilities that can provide a unique learning experience for the future nurses. In the five-week programs, the students will have an opportunity to participate in two course offerings; Mental Health Nursing (NURS 2313) and Nursing of Children (NURS 2113). Mental Health Nursing will have study visits at relevant institutions like Youth Villages, or inpatient facilities such as Memphis Mental Health Institute and Veteran's Hospital at Memphis. The Nursing of Children participants will have the opportunity to visit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Methodist Le Bonheur Children's Hospital for their study visits. The courses will begin in the fall of each year starting at the end of August and run through the beginning of October. The courses will be also offered in the spring beginning in January and ending the first week of March.

Two Southwest nursing students will be offered a three-week program at UCL. The students will participate in 28-30 hours per week of clinical education supervised by an authorized Registered Nurse (RN). The collaboration also makes it possible for the student to have the clinical studies in Denmark mirror their program of study at Southwest. UCL also affords Southwest nursing students the ability to participate in a one-week course of the ten-week module, Health in the Nordic Countries – Lifestyle and Environment, which focuses on the impact of health, lifestyle and environment in Nordic countries. The module also focuses on the demands and needs of the future of healthcare systems; in particular, the challenges related to prevention and health promotion within the nursing profession. An additional offering is a two-week module, Care for the Chronically Ill Person, scheduled for the middle of April and November each year.

"This is a unique opportunity for our Southwest nursing students to experience a more global nursing education. It is also an honor for our college and the Nursing Department to be associated with the University College Lillebaelt. We look forward to a long and successful collaboration," says Nursing Department Chair Mary Vines.

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Photo caption: (L to R) Southwest Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Barbara Roseborough; Southwest Nursing Department Chair Mary Vines; University College Lillebaelt, Odense, Denmark, International Coordinator for the Department of Nursing Mette Bro Jansen, also senior lecturer and project manager Nursing Europe; Southwest Provost and Executive Vice President Joanne Bassett; and University College Lillebaelt, Odense, Denmark, Head of the Department of Nursing Education Lena Busch Nielsen.

For more information contact: Robert Jackson, (901) 333-4116, rjackson@southwest.tn.edu, Farris Bldg., Room 1002, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134