Kwassui Women's University
65 nursing students from Kwassui Women’s University visited Monash University's School of Nursing and Midwifery. The main purpose of their visit was to learn about ‘culture and nursing’.
The Japanese government has added ‘international nursing’ as part of the nursing curriculum, however, it is not easy to learn ‘international nursing’ or ‘culture and nursing’ in a mono-cultural country such as Japan.
During their visit, they had lectures, cultural activities and a discussion session with Monash University students. The students stayed with ‘home stay families’ allowing the cultural exchange to continue for their whole visit.
With cultural activities, students formed groups of three or four and walked around the Peninsula campus. They asked questions to other students such as ‘what is your favourite food?’ or ‘what do you traditionally eat when you are sick?’. This was a wonderful, eye opening activity for these students about the cultural differences and relationship with health/sickness and culture.
The discussion session with Monash University students was another highlight. Four second year nursing and nursing/paramedic students, one Master student and one graduate nurse who graduated from the School of Nursing and Midwifery last year volunteered for the session with the 65 nursing students. They asked questions to each other about their experience being a nursing student. They found some differences and commonalties studying nursing in Japan and Australia.
This visit really helped the students from Kwassui Women’s University and they left with a better understanding of Australian and to a certain extent international culture and nursing.