Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast nursing students excel at international competition

From left to right, Assistant Professor of Nursing Maria Hines, nursing students Ann Musser and Lisa Leffler, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Cathy Maxwell and nursing student Jennifer Van Antwerp.

From left to right, Assistant Professor of Nursing Maria Hines, nursing students Ann Musser and Lisa Leffler, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Cathy Maxwell and nursing student Jennifer Van Antwerp.

Results from a recent international nursing care competition in China validate the quality of nursing education at Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast.

The Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences sponsored its annual Shanghai International Nursing Skill Contest Nov. 10 for competitors in three categories: Chinese hospitals, Chinese nursing schools and international nursing schools.

A student-nurse team from Ivy Tech–Northeast won the second-place title from among six international entries from five different countries.

Each team was scored on clinical assessment, therapeutic communication, proper transferring/positioning of the patient, proficiency performing a procedure and teaching the patient and family. Safety was also an important factor in the scoring.

Nursing students Ann Musser and Lisa Leffler partnered for the competition, while fellow nursing student Jennifer Van Antwerp served as an alternate. “The Ivy Tech nursing faculty has done a great job since day one of nursing classes to teach and prepare me for this competition,” Musser said. “All the knowledge I have gained here at Ivy Tech has prepared me to be a good nurse who provides safe patient care.”

Jewel Diller, dean of Ivy Tech–Northeast’s School of Nursing, learned about the competition last March, while visiting the institute to explore faculty and student exchanges.

“I am so proud of our students and our faculty when I reflect on this competition,” Diller said. “We have a strong program with faculty who are willing to invest their lives and their time in educating our future nurses. They have represented themselves and Ivy Tech well in this endeavor.”

Ivy Tech–Northeast’s Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Cathy Maxwell, who was in China for the competition and a nursing education conference, echoed Diller’s sentiments regarding the students’ strong performance.“This was a life-changing experience for everyone who attended the trip. The students will be able to identify this award and distinction on their résumés; it will be valuable in helping them distinguish themselves from other job applicants.”

As a direct result of an exchange agreement with the institute, the college will begin hosting three-to-five Chinese nursing students beginning in January, with plans to include students from other health care disciplines in the future.

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