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Advanced Practice Nursing Collaboration with Faculty from Tokyo Medical Dental University

SMU Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) faculty members Rhonda Ramirez, EdD, FNP and Leni Kaku, DNP, FNP recently returned from a trip to Japan, where they had been asked to teach at the Tokyo Medical Dental University (TMDU) for a week. 

The invitation to teach came from Tomoko Inoue, RN, PhD, TMDU Professor and Project Manager of “Development of Postgraduate Education Program for Mid-Level Providers (Advanced Practice Nurses) and the Innovation of a Healthcare Delivery Model,” which is supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Leading-edge Research Promotion Fund. This is a special grant-based program to educate Certified Nurse Specialists (CNS), educators and graduate students in the field of nursing to develop advanced practice nurses in Japan.



Dr. Ramirez and Dr. Kaku participated in the planning and implementation of the curriculum for Advanced Physical Assessment, taught to 30 participants including CNS, nursing faculty, and graduate students. As part of the planning process, three faculty members from TMDU--Yoshiko Sasaki, PhD, RN, Yuko Kawamoto, PhD, RN, and Rumi Maeda, MSN, RN--visited SMU months in advance to observe classroom teaching of Advanced Physical Assessment by Dr. Ramirez and Dr. Kaku. Valuable assistance for translation was provided by SMU's Dr. Fusae Abbott.

Currently, Nurse Practitioner programs do not exist in Japan, but this special project will help educators and health administrators determine the feasibility of establishing advanced practice programs in their country.

By Rhonda Ramirez
pictured in top left photo: Dr. Leni Kaku
pictured in photo on right: Dr. Rhonda Ramirez