CHOPR International Research In China
In a large population center such as China, health care reform is essential. The China Medical Board (CMB) has funded a study to evaluate the state of nursing in China, and to encourage nursing education and research. Under the direction of Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) and with the help of the University of Pennsylvania, eight nursing schools in provinces across China have collected data on hospital environment, nurse characteristics, staffing levels and patient satisfaction. In total, the study includes data on 180 hospitals, 9000 nurses, and 4500 patients, making it one of the largest studies of nursing in China. The study is well situated to capture the attention of leaders and government officials, adding a new perspective to the health care discussion. In addition, the study process is encouraging collaboration and research ties between Chinese nursing schools and Penn.
|China Medical Board Collaboration|
Center Director, Dr. Linda H Aiken, is the Senior Advisor on Nursing for the China Medical Board, an independent American Foundation for Advancing Health in China and Asia.
The CHOPR faculty and post- and pre-doctoral fellows traveled to Shanghai in the Spring of 2010 to run a workshop with Fudan and Sun Yat-sen Universities.
Dr. Aiken has traveled to China and it's outlying areas several times since then to oversee network meetings and project workshops.
Focused on nursing workforce issues in China, the initial workshop helped participants analyze data collected from the first large-scale study of Chinese hospital and nurses.
Nurse researchers from eight Chinese provinces participated.
Policy relevant papers and reports were developed as part of the workshop.
For more information about other recent meetings and programs in China sponsored by the China Medical Board follow this link.
Photo as shown: Dr. Linda H. Aiken, Center Director and Dr. Thomas Mackey meet with nurses and administrators on the hospital floor in China.
|Peking University Partnership|
|In April of 2011 the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the School of Nursing at Peking University in Beijing formed a collaborative partnership. The collaboration is unique in the way it helps to facilitate cross-university research, encourages faculty and student exchange, and forges new avenues for innovative nursing research, such as the current nursing workforce research that Dr. Aiken is conducting. Photo as shown: Back row L-R: Dr. Marjorie Muecke, Chenjuan “Tina” Ma, Dr Jianghong Liu, Dr. Linda H. Aiken. Front row L-R: Dean Afaf I. Meleis, Dean Guifang Guo|
|European Union Funded RN4CAST in China|
- As Co-director of the 3 million euro RN4CAST study, Dr. Aiken has been studying nursing workforce characteristics in 16 countries, including China.
- Almost 10 thousand nurses in Level 2 and Level 3 hospitals in all nine geographical regions of China were surveyed, representing the most extensive study of Chinese nurses to date.
- Analysis of collected data give researchers a clearer picture of the age, education, years of work experience, and work environment of Chinese nurses.
Photo as shown: Participants at the China Medical Board Nursing Workforce Research Workshop analyzing provincial data on nursing condition