Fifteen Daejeon pre-nursing and nursing students and one nursing faculty member, Professor of Nursing Dr. Cho Meekyung, arrived in Morrow on July 6 to begin four weeks of study at Clayton State under the tutelage of Dr. Sue Odom and Professor Barbara Wiggs.
The visit of the Korean students follows a trip to South Korea in May 2014 by Clayton State University President Dr. Thomas Hynes and Dean of the College of Health Dr. Lisa Eichelberger. The students and their professor will be staying in Clayton State’s Laker Hall until their departure on Sunday, Aug. 3. During their visit, says Eichelberger, the Daejeon cohort will learn English as second language and medical terminology and will experience health care in area hospitals and community agencies such as Grady Medical Center.
The Daejeon visit will also provide Clayton State students with cross-cultural learning opportunities. Eichelberger emphasizes that students from Clayton State’s Student Nurses Association will be meeting with the Daejeon cohort to compare experiences about health care, cultural health practices and differences in nursing education between the U.S. and Korea. In addition, there will also be a cultural component as the Daejeon cohort will visit area churches, malls and social events are planned with Clayton State students.
“This is so they can get to know college students and experience college life in the U.S.,” explains Eichelberger, who coordinates the application of the MOU with Dr Hyen-sook Jeon, dean, School of Nursing and Bongnam Lee, director, International Programs, of Daejeon Health Sciences.
Looking ahead to later in the summer, Eichelberger reports that Daejeon nursing students have already begun to apply for admission to the School of Nursing at Clayton State for the fall 2014 semester which starts in August. She notes that the Daejeon students will be entering the RN-to-BSN program led by Dr. Lynn Stover.
The MOU for activities between the two institutions’ colleges of business outlines a partnership which will enable students from Daejeon finishing their associates degree in business to come to Clayton State to complete their B.S. degrees in business, says Hynes.