Third Annual Visit by Nursing Leaders From Japan to Learn About CNL Role

CNLs and visitors
The visiting group from Japan and Mercy Health CNLs pose at the end of their experience in the Main Lobby.

Thanks to our strong clinical nurse leader (CNL) presence and visionary nursing leadership, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s hosted a dozen graduate students and doctoral students from Kyoto University, Japan, joined by colleagues from Saint Anthony College of Nursing, a member of OSF Health Care in Rockford, Illinois, on March 15, 2017. After a morning of job shadowing Mercy Health Saint Mary’s CNLs for an idea of what the roles involve at our hospital, the 12 Japanese providers convened in the Board Room to share their experiences.

This marks the third time that OSF and Mercy Health have worked with nursing colleagues from Japan as they explore integrating the CNL role into Japanese health care.

“We learned a lot about the health care culture of Japan, and the nurses from Japan were surprised to see how embedded CNLs are, and how they lead inter-professional teams throughout the hospital and outpatient settings,” said Liz Murphy, Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President.

CNLs in boardroom, Mary Harnish and Sarah Simon
The visitors from Japan share insight into their nursing and health care culture, and report their key learnings from their morning with Mercy Health Clinical Nurse Leaders.

Thanks to our special guests for a wonderful sharing experience!

Kristin Mast and Nurse from Japan
Kristin Mast, RN, CNL, and the nurse from Kyoto University who jobshadowed her, Ai Chikada.

Click here for past stories about this international experience, 2016 and 2015.


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