Aichi Medical University Collaboration
Transcending Cultural Barriers
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing’s Collaboration with Japan’s Aichi Medical
In 2008, FPB signed a landmark partnership with Japan’s Aichi Medical University to establish the first graduate-level acute care nurse practitioner/flight nursing program in Asia. This collaboration revolutionized nursing throughout Japan and enabled its advanced practice nurses to confront medical emergencies with greater knowledge, autonomy and skill in critical care.
In Japan, the concept of a nurse practitioner is still fairly new. Japan has long been among the world’s most industrialized and technologically advanced nations, and its universal health care system is no exception. However, Japanese nurses still lag behind their American counterparts in terms of clinical education and authority. FPB’s collaboration there is set to prove once again that nurses are just as capable as physicians in bringing innovation and progress to the science and delivery of health care.