For many years the School of Nursing has had strong ties to Chiang Mai University in Thailand. Many Thai students have attended the master’s and doctoral programs at UAB. In September 2006, Dr. Gail Hill consulted with the Faculty of Nursing at Thammasat University Rangsit Campus in Pathumthani, Thailand to assist in the development of a family nurse practitioner program.
Dr. Lynda Wilson has been working with various projects in Guatemala since 1995. She has led five different study-abroad courses to Guatemala (three while on faculty at UAB, and two while a faculty member at the Capstone College of Nursing in Tuscaloosa). Many of Dr. Wilson's Guatemala projects have been coordinated through the Alabama-Guatemala Partners organization, a partnership within the larger international organization called Partners of the Americas (POA). POA was established by President John Kennedy in the 1960s as a component of his Alliance for Progress program, and was designed to promote people-to-people partnerships between the United States and Latin America/Caribean countries. For more information on POA go to Partners of the Americas. For more information please click on Alabama-Guatemala Partners.
Dr. Wilson has also consulted with faculty in the School of Nursing at San Carlos University in Guatemala City. In addition, a UAB School of Nursing Honors' Student, Alison Hernandez, completed her Honor's project in Guatemala to identify perceptions of Guatemalan nursing faculty about nursing research competencies. Ms. Hernandez subsequently co-authored a publication with one of the Guatemalan nursing faculty, O. N. M. Padilla. You can link to this article by clicking on the following citation Hernández, Al. R., Padilla, O. N. M., & Harrison, L. L. (2006). Perspectivas Sobre la Investigación en Enfermería en Guatemala. Enfermería Globa, Volume 8 (May).
Current work in Honduras includes partnerships with the School of Nursing at the National University of Honduras (NUAH), and with the Central America Medical Outreach (CAMO) organization. UABSON faculty have collaborated with faculty at the NUAH to implement and evaluate an educational intervention (Familias Fuertes) for parents and adolescents in a low income neighborhood in Tegucigalpa. To review a publication about this research, please see the following publications:
Bacila, M. G., Vasquez, M., Wilson, L., Matute, R. C., Cruz, A., & Santos, A. (2011). Experiencias sobre la capacitación del “Programa Familias Fuertes” a jóvenes del barrio El Chile, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. (Training experiences in capacitation about the “Program Strong Families” in young individuals in Barrio El Chile, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.) Revista de la Facultad de Ciencias Medicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, 8(1), 35-48.
Vasquez, M. Mez, L., Almanarez, Ol, Santos, A., Matute, R. C., Canaca, L. D., Cruz, A., Acosta, S., Garcia Bacilla, M. E., Wilson, L., Azuero, A., Tami, I., Holcomb, L, Saenz, K. (2010). Evaluation of a strengthening families (Familias Fuertes) intervention for parents and adolescents in Honduras. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 10(3), pages 1-25.
In addition, UABSON faculty member Dr. Lygia Holcomb is working with nursing faculty at the NUAH to advice on development of a master's degree program. Other nursing are collaborating with nurses in Santa Rosa de Copan to develop projects focused on evaluation of satisfaction of hospitalized patients. In addition, faculty lead annual study abroad courses to Santa Rosa de Copan where they link with nurses and with the Central America Medical Outreach program (CAMO) to identify and address local health needs.
School-based Clinic in Honduras
Collaborations between the UAB School of Nursing and Chile began in 2003 when Dr. Lynda Wilson served as a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at the Pontificia Catholic University of Chile. One outcome of this collaboration was a study to identify perceptions of Latin American nursing faculty about the research competencies that should be included in different levels of nursing education. Several publications resulted from these collaborations:
- Harrison, L. L., Hernandez, A. R., Cianelli, R., Rivera, S., Urrutia, M. (2005). Competencias en investigación para diferentes niveles de formación de enfemeras: Una perspectiva latinoamericana. Ciencia y Enfermería, XI(1), 59-71.
Perspectives of Latin American nursing professors and leaders about research competencies needed by nurses with different levels of academic preparation" International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship.
Visiting Nursing Faculty from Chile, January 2006
A number of nurses and nursing students from Chile have participated in the International Nursing Leadership programs held every two years at UAB through the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for International Nursing Education. In addition, a BSN student from UAB completed an independent study in Chile working with students and faculty on community health projects.
Below is a photo of Dr. Lynda Wilson with students at the Universidad de Magallanes where she spent most of January 2012. While there she taught courses on nursing leadership, global health and nursing. She also worked with the faculty at the university in developing graduate and master's in nursing programs. The rest of her time in Chile in 2012 was spent visiting the Catholic University in Santiago, the Carlo McKenna Children's Hospital and the University of the Andes.