DMU welcomed Japanese students to a special nursing summer school, sharing UK nursing practice and English language relevant to their profession.
The students, from Juntendo University in Tokyo, took part in a two-week programme –Passport to Nursing English – developed by DMU’s Centre for English Language Learning and Faculty of Health and Life sciences, and supported by existing DMU students.
The summer school gave the visiting students the opportunity to improve their English language skills and expand their vocabulary, and to learn about nursing and healthcare provision within the UK.
Theresa Jackson, a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at DMU, said: “Students took part in hospital visits, skills workshops for resuscitation and nursing seminars.
“This programme has been a great success for the Japanese nursing students, as well as the DMU pre-registration nursing buddies who supported them.
“This provided a unique dimension to the international experience of all the students involved.”
One of the students, Mikiko Imazeki, has an ambition to become a nursing teacher and said: “The summer school allowed me to focus on my English pronunciation, which is beneficial for me and my career, as I want to be able to interact confidently and help others.”
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Andy Thomas, an English lecturer with DMU, who taught the student, said: “Students learnt English related to technical nursing experiences and professional consultation.
“Through the interactive language classes, they gained a clearer understanding of the function of speech and communication used within multicultural England.”
The students joined DMU Square Mile – the university’s initiative to help local communities – on a stem cell recruitment day in Leicester, as part of the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign.
As trainee nurses, this gave students the chance to encourage the public to become important stem cell donors, a vital aspect in the fight against leukaemia.
Asahi Kurosaki, another student with the summer school, said: “I really liked the teaching styles used at DMU, which made our classes fun and interesting.
“Having this international experience in the UK has benefitted my nursing career, as I want to work in America and Africa in the future.
“Being able to develop a bond between patient and nurse is very important to me.”
The summer school also travelled to Nottingham and London, exploring top sights including the Florence Nightingale Museum.
Posted on Monday 1st September 2014