Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hosts Fourth Cohort of Nurses from Japan

Back Row: Sarah Simon, Kristin Mast, Megan Pashnik, Kylie Schaberg
Middle Row: Hatsumi Ibuki, Rebecca Valko, Yoko Inaki, Mikiko Hirano
Front Row: Tomomi Ino, Kumiko Nakashima, Minami Kakuta

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s continues to help educate nurses across the country and internationally about the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader  (CNL)and the CNL’s impact on patients and outcomes.

Thanks to our strong CNL presence and visionary nursing leadership, on March 14, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s hosted five 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. They participated in a shadowing experience with Mercy Health CNLs. It was the first time these nurses had been to a hospital in the United States.

Their 2-day visit provided an opportunity for our visitors to enrich what they’ve learned about the role of CNL by observing how the CNL actually works at the bedside. They were amazed by the many ways that nurses can make positive impact on quality of care and outcomes for patients. The learning experience was reciprocal and the CNLs were able to learn about what health care looks like in Japan.

During their shadowing experience, our guests expressed their gratitude for everyone’s hospitality, kindness and patience, especially with their English. Thanks to all who helped to make this experience so positive and rewarding.


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