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WIU Nursing Students to Participate in Shanghai International Nursing Skills Contest

October 24, 2016

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MACOMB, IL – In November, students and faculty from Western Illinois University's School of Nursing will travel to China to participate in the Shanghai International Nursing Skills Contest.

The trip by two members of WIU's faculty and two students stems from a visit to Western earlier this year by a representative of the Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences and an invitation he presented for WIU students and faculty to travel to China. The WIU faculty members making the trip are WIU School of Nursing Director Lea Monahan and Nursing Instructor Carolyn Whitehouse and the students are nursing majors McKinzie Parlier, a senior from Roseville, IL, and Hannah Knox, a senior from Sycamore, IL.

"We are very excited about being invited to participate in the International Nursing Skills Competition at the University of Shanghai," said School of Nursing Director Lea Monahan. "The students who will be participating have been practicing and they are ready. There are 40 teams from all over the globe. We do plan to experience a few cultural events while we are there, but most of the time will be taken up with practice and the competition."

The WIU contingent will leave Macomb Saturday, Oct. 29, participate in the competition Saturday, Nov. 5 and return to the United States Monday, Nov. 7.

The Chinese university's 2015 competition featured more than 40 teams from hospitals and nursing schools from around the world.

When the representative of the Chinese university visited Macomb in March, meetings were held with School of Nursing staff about a scholarly exchange and short term summer programs for Chinese nursing students to visit WIU for training and cultural programming in April 2017.

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