BECOMING INVOLVED WITH STUDENT NURSES ORGANIZATIONS
Augusta State University has a campus chapter of the
Georgia Association of Nursing Students. GANS membership includes membership in
the National Student Nurses' Association. Students are encouraged to join this
important professional organization which keeps abreast of education and practice
issues pertaining to nursing and health care.
Chi Alpha Beta Nursing Sorority:
Phi Chi Alpha
Beta is a student chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc., an international nursing
sorority with the following purposes: (a) to encourage the pursuit of continuing
education among members of the profession, (b) to support continuous recruitment
programs for nursing and the health professions, (c) to stimulate a close and friendly
relationship among the members, (d) to develop working relationships with other
professional groups for the improvement and delivery of health care services,
and (e) to constantly identify a corps of nurse leaders within the membership
who will function as agents for social change on the national, regional, and local
All ASU nursing students
in good standing are eligible to pledge to the sorority during or after the spring
semester of the first year of nursing.
JAPANESE NURSING SEMINAR
Department of Nursing hosted our first Japanese Nursing Student Seminar in March,
1997. The Japanese nursing students come from Takarazuka City Hospital School
of Nursing. The students stay with families in Augusta and have experienced our
Southern Hospitality. During their stay they visit Brandon Wilde,
St. Joseph, Doctors, University, and Medical College of Georgia Hospitals. They
learn about nursing education and health care in the United States and the impact
of managed care on hospital stay and health care services.
is Augusta's Sister City in Japan. The School of Nursing was established in 1995
after the disastrous earthquake that struck Japan. The students visiting us are
in their second year of the program. They have all been around 20 or 21 years
of age and single. This is much different than ASU's nursing students; most of
whom are married and whose average age is typically around 30 years.
education in Japan is structured similarly to the U.S. with content and experiences
in all the speciality areas of medical-surgical nursing, maternal-newborn, pediatrics,
and psychiatric nursing. A major difference, however, is in the amount of clinical
experiences students receive in a hospital or community setting with "real"
patients. Japanese nursing students spend much more time in simulated learning
experiences in their skills labs, which were very elaborately and completely equipped
with anything you might see in a real hospital setting. They are starting to do
home care in Japan, so each of the schools of nursing visited in Takarazuka and
Kobe had a traditional Japanese home built into their skills lab. The homes were
completely handicapped-equipped and even had a ceremonial tea table.
opportunities presented to our faculty and students through this type of cultural
exchange with the Japanese nursing students is extremely valuable and enhances
our emphasis on cultural diversity in our curriculum. We hope these opportunities
will continue and even expand to other cultural groups in the future as we learn
to meet the health care needs of an ever diverse patient population.