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Through the Global Nursing Initiative, Asako Katsumata, PhD, of Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, Illinois, has partnered with a research colleague from Kyoto University, the largest research institution in Japan, to educate health care providers from that country about the role of the CNL. An ongoing initiative, Japanese and American providers at Saint Anthony Medical Center have traveled back and forth to share best practices.
Because of our strong CNL presence and visionary nursing leadership, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s was asked by Saint Anthony to host several graduate students and doctoral students from Kyoto University for a day. After a morning of job shadowing Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNLs) for an idea of what the roles involve at our hospital, the Japanese providers convened with all the CNLs for lunch, hosted by Chief Nursing Officer Liz Murphy, on Friday, March 13, 2015.
“The CNL is the glue that holds the unit together,” said Kazuko Nin, RN, PhD, who serves as a professor of the Graduate School of Medicine at Kyoto, and who was instrumental in developing the relationship between Saint Anthony and Kyoto University. “The CNL role here is so well-defined and so well-immersed into your culture that we wanted to come and experience it firsthand at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. These highly educated nurses are at the bedside, not just serving an administrative role.”
Kyoto University plans to first educate nurse faculty from Kyoto University and then begin a curriculum to educate others in Japan about the CNL role. During a month-long trip, the Japanese students have been traveling to several hospitals throughout the Midwest, identifying the best practices for the CNL role.
“What’s so exciting is that what the providers see here, they will immediately implement within their practice at Kyoto, an 1,100-bed hospital,” said Katsumata. “During a previous trip to the US, Kyoto health care providers learned about hourly patient rounding, which they then implemented, decreasing the call lights from 1,000 per day to 500 in a short period of time.
“The work your hospital is doing will have a ripple effect to enhance health care throughout the world,” said Katsumata. “Congratulations to Mercy Health Saint Mary’s for having such a great CNL program, and thank you for welcoming us so graciously to your hospital.”