Bringing Evidence-Based Nursing Practice to Vietnam

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Roxena Wotring, MS, RN
Arizona State University College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation, Phoenix, AZ

Learning Objective 1: describe plans to develop an international nursing partnership focused on preparing evidence based practioners in Vietnam.

Learning Objective 2: discuss methods used to prepare and present research and curricular workshops in Vietnam.

Purpose: Showcase international nursing model

Methods: Develop partnership with two universities

Results: Educational workshop

Conclusion: Ongoing plans to expand international partnership                                    Bringing Evidence Based Nursing Practice to Vietnam
            As a nursing faculty in the U.S., we have become accustomed to embedding evidence-based practice (EBP) into each nursing course. We sometimes forget that while we are familiar and comfortable with the EBP process, it is still a relatively new phenomenon to many of our international colleagues.  This past summer a new venue to bring this important practice delivery method to our global peers emerged…the medical mission.  Because of the work with the medical mission, the nurses at three Ho Chi Minh City hospitals and the university school were introduced to evidence based practice.  We are now making plans to expand this important concept onto the international scene via this unexpected vehicle.
            After joining a medical mission to Vietnam, an invitation from the pediatric, maternity and university hospital was extended to the Arizona nursing faculty participating in this delegation to meet with and provide an educational workshop for the nursing students, staff and faculty at these venues. 
            The university nursing faculty shared their goal with us to “westernize” their curriculum and asked for assistance in moving their curriculum from the medical model to a nursing model.  Finally, their most pressing needs were in faculty development based on sound educational practices and research.
            This presentation will include discussion of the current state-of-the-art of nursing education in Vietnam, the eminent information, teaching techniques and practice needs of the nursing faculty and hospital staff and the on-going plans to develop and grow this international nursing partnership with a focus on preparing evidence-based practitioners in Vietnam. Finally, insights into preparing and presenting research and curricular workshops in a Southeast Asian country will be shared.