The first of two groups of nurses from Hong Kong arrived on March 17 to participate in an education and clinical observation program developed by The Scarborough Hospital’s (TSH) Regional Nephrology Program. The second group arrives at the end of April.
The nurses will each spend about five weeks learning and observing nephrology care delivery and maintenance across the health care system. Some of the learning objectives include advanced concepts and modernized international initiatives in nephrology services; comprehensive service provision in hospital, satellite centres and at home; advanced nursing practice in clinics and hospitals; and patient education strategies from palliative care to different renal replacement therapies.
“Our diverse population allows TSH the unique opportunity to practice ‘global medicine’ right here at home,” says Ethel Doyle, Director, Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Program. “In doing so, our staff and physicians have developed a high degree of understanding of the needs of our Asian population, which comprises about 60 per cent of our community. As we already provide top quality nephrology care, TSH was asked to host these international health care professionals.”
TSH is home to the Central East LHIN’s Regional Nephrology Program, one of the largest programs in North America. It provides care for more than 6,000 patients living with Chronic Kidney Disease and dialysis to more than 800 patients, both in-hospital and in the community at satellite sites and through community partners. It also supports many patients who receive hemodialysis in the comfort of their own home.
With its expertise in providing care to an Asian population and its existing partnerships with health care organizations in Hong Kong, Mongolia and China, TSH was recommended by the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong as the perfect hospital to host this unique teaching opportunity.
“We are honoured to be chosen for this excellent opportunity to share our knowledge and expertise as well as our passion for the work we do,” says Dr. Paul Tam, Medical Director, Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Program. “Our staff developed a full curriculum that will provide these nurses with a great opportunity to gain global perspectives on the provision of nephrology service and evidenced-based practice within and outside of our Nephrology Program.”