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2008-01-25 Suzhou's School of Nursing

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Part of Suzhou's Nursing School staff, along with our Dr. Tong & Professor Routh

What an incredible day! We started off with a visit to Suzhous School of Nursing. As we entered the school, there was a computerized sign welcoming us in both English and Chinese. The school is comprised of 4,000 nursing students, and a staff of 242 instructors with either a Bachelors or Masters degree. Because of the Chinese Spring Festival, classes ended yesterday and most of the students left to join their families, but a few of the students stayed on campus to welcome us and share in a discussion. This is a Diploma school, so the students will graduate with the equivalent of an AA degree. The school was founded 50 years ago, but it was rebuilt in 2004, so most of the teaching equipment was very state-of-the-art. In one of the classrooms there were simulation mannequins where it was possible to palpate the abdomen and listen for breath sounds in the chest. Another classroom contained bassinets, incubators, and neonates (some of which felt like newborns). Because the school was so large, they were able to have a nursing station for use in training. Everyone was very generous with taking the time to answers our questions, and to share their wonderful school. Anne Prantl

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