from Vietnam upgrade skills at Memorial
2, 1999, Gazette)
Nine Vietnamese nurses spent the past three months at Memorials
School of Nursing, learning about classroom teaching techniques
as well as gaining practical experience by working for a month
in a rural community. They are now preparing to return to Vietnam
and use the knowledge gained here to teach courses to nurses
in Vietnam in areas such as mental health and primary health
by the Vietnamese nurses is part of an ongoing project directed
by Dr. Lan Gien, Nursing, and funded by the Canadian International
Development Agency. Most of the nurses work as nursing teachers
at the Central Medical Technology School 1 in Hai Duong City.
Ive been here Ive learned a lot about how nurses
work in the community, and Ive learned about new ways of
teaching, said Huong Pham, who spent four weeks in Trepassey.
She was impressed with the way the community nurses visit clients
at home and teach health promotion such as proper nutrition and
and Hanh Nguyen both spent a month on Bell Island, and they too
were impressed with the amount of teaching done by the community
are many methods used, such as videotape, posters and direct
guiding, said Ms. Duong. I also saw collaboration
with the social worker, and thats a profession we dont
have yet in Vietnam.
who spent four weeks in Ferryland, said the way nurses work in
Newfoundland is very different than in Vietnam.
nurse here is very good at strengthening the link with the client
and teaching. When I get back to Vietnam I will try to apply
what I have learned here.
the Vietnamese nurses all spoke about the excellent communication
and counselling skills they observed in Newfoundland nurses.
The Truong, who spent a month in Witless Bay, noted that the
nurse always leaves written information after a home visit.
we have achieved all the objectives of our visit here,
said Duc Dang, who will return to Vietnam to teach primary health