At 8:30 am and at “fresh” 22 degrees, we start our tour to Gezon to visit the Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, next to an affiliated clinic. We want to get to know the quality of the nursing and the work environment of the nursing students.
With heavy traffic, we take the “Kill-Road”, a 10-lane expressway. Between the cars are street vendors, accompanied by a permanent honk concert of the many vehicles.
At the Far Eastern University, we are cordially welcomed and start our meeting in the administration building. The Medical Director, the COO and the Chief Nursing Officer present their university and the study concept. It quickly becomes clear that the students are mainly trained for work abroad.
The hosts are very interested in learning more about the German clinics. That is why Mr Prölß and Mr van Loo presented the UKE as part of a small presentation.
Then we start the tour to the clinic. We have an unusual picture. There are more modern single-bed rooms for paying patients and several large rooms for the poor, with 8 beds including patients and their families. After all, they receive a treatment and meal for a minimal amount. These rooms are also not air-conditioned and are merely “aerated” by fans. On the children’s station the same picture is shown. And I am suddenly again aware of how well we have it with our medical care in Germany. Babies, children and adolescents sick side by side in open spaces. There is no privacy. The medical technology in the clinic is for the most part highly advanced and impresses with diversity. The university is located in a modern new building and reminds of colleges from the USA. Actually, no wonder, because here they are trained at an USA level.
We attend a hygiene lecture and quickly get into the conversation with the students. All are looking forward to the German visit. In the microbiology lab, students are eager to work on their microscopes and next door in the Skill Lab is a mini-clinic. Here, situations are reproduced and practiced from the recording, the operating room and the intensive care unit.
The computer rooms were also impressive. Here you will find a large number of modern PCs, which are used by the students for research purposes. Also, nursing information is on the curriculum, but a hospital information system or even nursing software is searched in vain. A local RIS in radiology is, however, available and facilitates the work.
Almost all the students we talked with are planning to go abroad after studying. They would like to work there and financially support their families, who had to finance this course. The study and content have a high level. A European clinic and modern equipment will be a new, practical experience for these colleagues. But also as German nursing specialists one could still learn a lot. This also focuses on the training of the community Nurses. These colleagues, who are comparable in Germany to the Gemeindeschwestern, are active in the villages and towns. Often they are the first, medical contact points and therefore require a broad competence. The level of language is the key to the success of the foreign colleagues. Therefore, in Part 4 we look at a very special language school in Gezon.