The program director of the RN-BSN at Concordia University, Nebraska, Dr. Molly Fitzke, is one of six nurses selected by the Friendship Bridge Nursing Group to travel to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for two weeks to teach in the city’s first nursing graduate program. January 08, 2013
The program director of the RN-BSN at Concordia University, Nebraska, Dr. Molly Fitzke, is one of six nurses selected by the Friendship Bridge Nursing Group to travel to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for two weeks to teach in the city’s first nursing graduate program.
The trip helps to fulfill the mission of the Friendship Bridge Nurses, who work in collaboration with Vietnamese health care professionals to enhance nursing and health care in Vietnam through educational programs and consultation. The group is currently working with the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City to implement the first master’s in nursing program in the country. The curriculum will be a model for graduate nursing education in Vietnam and is expected to significantly improve both nursing education and patient outcomes in that country. The mission will last two weeks, from Feb. 25 through March 8, 2013.
Dr. Fitzke’s goal for her part in the project is to provide a Christ-inspired positive learning environment while offering updated nursing content and knowledge. She hopes to increase the Vietnamese students’ competencies, promote exemplary nursing standards and teach them to provide the best possible nursing care.
“This trip will also serve as an opportunity to increase my understanding of international nursing practice standards and communicate that knowledge to our RN to BSN program faculty members and students,” said Dr. Fitzke. “The need for cultural competence in our own American health care systems is vital due to the increasing ethnic and cultural diversity of the U.S. population.”
The mission of the Friendship Bridge Nurses Group complements the community focus of Concordia’s RN to BSN program. With a rigorous curriculum rooted in Christian belief and values, the program is designed to teach nurses to serve others through competent and compassionate care. Designed using standards from respected nursing organizations including the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the program promotes spiritual development and critical thinking to develop transformational nurse leaders.
In addition to being selected for this program, Dr.Fitzke is one of only 30 nurses selected for the prestigious National League for Nursing Leadership Program. The year-long program is designed for nurse educators who in a cohort of peers examine organizational systems and leadership processes focusing on strategic planning, building high performance teams, financial management and developing a personal career plan in organizational leadership.
The RN to BSN is one of the programs available online at Concordia University, Nebraska, a format designed to give busy working adults a convenient and accessible way to further their educations. Other online degrees at Concordia include the Master of Public Health and the Master of Human Services.
To learn more about the online RN to BSN at Concordia or other programs, go to onlineprograms.cune.edu or call 877-497-5848.
About Concordia University, Nebraska:
Concordia University, Nebraska was founded in 1894 by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and carries forward a mission of providing excellent Christian education as it welcomes all students seeking lives of learning, service and leadership. Concordia is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and offers more than 50 undergraduate programs and approximately 20 graduate degrees, specializations, certificates, and adult learning programs.
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