Congratulations on 2011 Research Achievements!
|Director of Research Associate Professor Fiona Bogossian|
As 2011 comes to a close I would like to congratulate all research active staff in our school whether researchers, supervisors or mentors on a very successful year.
In September I was fortunate to be able to attend the U21 Health Sciences Meeting in Seoul, Korea, along with Haakan Strand who was the 2011 recipient of the School U21 Scholarship. Our time in Seoul was very busy, attending the Nursing Doctoral Student Forum, the Health Sciences group meetings as well as the Nursing Discipline meetings.
From a research perspective it seems that the Schools of Nursing represented at U21 had commonalities. Despite the relative youth of some schools, many had made substantial research gains.
Like our own school many had focused research into themes and priorities, with programs of research following either clinical or methodological strengths. Notably workforce was a recurrent research theme.
In addition to spending time at Korea University (KU) who hosted the U21 forum, I also had the opportunity to visit colleagues at Seoul University (SNU). Both experiences provided insight into nursing academia and the Korean health system.
It was interesting to note that universities and hospitals are either publically funded or funded privately through large corporations such as Samsung, Hyundai etc. SNU and KU are collocated with hospitals. There are strong historical links with the USA particularly in nursing as American missionaries introduced nursing and formal nurse education to Korea over 100 years ago. Many Korean academics have undertaken postgraduate education in the US and the US model of four year undergraduate education will be the accredited standard across the country in 2012.
Image: International nursing delegates - Korea