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Nursing Students Pursue Senior Capstone Projects at Wuhan University, China, and Throughout the United States and the World

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has a long-standing relationship with Wuhan University, China. As a result, undergraduate nursing students can choose to pursue a ten-week senior capstone experience at Wuhan’s HOPE School of Nursing, and student from Wuhan visit CWRU for community- and hospital-based experiential learning.

Students work at the HOPE School of Nursing and the Community Health Center, both on the campus of Wuhan University, as well as at affiliated hospitals. Students participate in courses and clinical experiences with English-speaking preceptors at the Community Health Center, which focuses on traditional Chinese medicine. They also work with Wuhan students on clinical rotations. Instruction includes traditional Chinese medicine techniques such as acupuncture, massage, cupping and herbal medicine.

The collaboration between CWRU and Wuhan is further enhanced through visits by a group of Wuhan students to the CWRU campus in the fall for community- and hospital-based experiential learning opportunities. In addition, more than 20 faculty from the HOPE School have come to the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing over the years to learn about CWRU’s model of undergraduate education; HOPE is re-structuring its undergraduate program in nursing in response to what they have learned from CWRU’s.

Other nursing students pursue their senior capstone projects at other sites throughout the United States and the world, including the University of Buea in Cameroon and Hong Kong University. Seniors gain hands-on experience in community-based health care as they analyze and apply concepts in health and health care, health policy and finance, culture, epidemiology, interventions, ethics and more.

Seniors are blogging from all over the world to share how they are putting to use in remote, real-world settings what they’ve learning in class and during their clinical hours.