Posted on Sep 6, 2013

USF College of Nursing discusses new partnership opportunities with University of Panama

USF College of Nursing discusses new partnership opportunities with University of Panama

University of South Florida College of Nursing welcomed University of Panama-Azuero Regional Campus Director, Dr. Leonardo Collado, and School of Nursing Professor and International Affairs Council Chair, Linnette Palacios-Castillo, to the College on July 29, 2013 to discuss expanding the existing partnership. USF College of Nursing leaders, including Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, professor, senior associate vice president of USF Health and dean of the College of Nursing, met with the University of Panama delegation to discuss new collaborative opportunities and aim to develop a new research partnership as part of the College’s initiative, POWER with NursingPartnership Opportunities for Wellness, Education and Research. 

University of South Florida College of Nursing: Community/Public
USF College of Nursing leaders and University of Panama delegation during their visit at the College.  

The College of Nursing has been partnering with University of Panama for more than eight years on clinical practice placements for undergraduate students in the Community/Public Health Nursing Clinical abroad program. This program has allowed students to travel to Panama over the summer for first-hand experience with global health issues through ongoing community health work in several community-based primary care clinics.

“We are expanding this relationship by identifying how we can leverage our strength as a major research enterprise to support research capacity-building for their school of nursing and its faculty,” said LaRon E. Nelson, PhD, RN, NP, assistant professor and assistant dean, Global & Community Affairs. “We are also considering ways that our faculty can expand their research activities to support healthcare innovation and health status improvement in Panama.”

University of South Florida College of Nursing: Community/Public
USF Nursing leaders discussing new partnership opportunities with the University of Panama delegation. 

During their visit, Dr. Nelson hosted a reception at his home for the Panama guests and their family members, students from the summer clinical course and their parents, faculty and other USF Health guests. Nelson hosted the dinner reception to welcome the guests and to celebrate the summer 2013 community/public health nursing clinical abroad trip to Panama.

“At the dinner reception, Dean Morrison-Beedy presented Dr. Collado and Prof. Palacios-Castillo with gifts on behalf of the College of Nursing and thanked them for their many years of partnership, which has provided our students with community/public health nursing clinical experience in a global setting,” said Dr. Nelson.

USF College of nursing hosts dinner reception for University of Panama Delegates
USF Nursing Dean Dianne Morrison-Beedy (center), and Dr. Nelson (far left) pictured with University of Panama delegation during the dinner reception at Nelson’s house.  

College of Nursing is working with University of Panama in hopes to expand its impact on healthcare around the world and increase its global footprint. Through the partnership with University of Panama, The College’s goal is to deepen and strengthen the impact on nursing research and clinical/population outcomes in the Latin American region, Nelson said.

“Under Dean Morrison-Beedy’s leadership we are thinking very smartly about when and how to pursue global partnership opportunities,” Dr. Nelson said. “The University of Panama at Azuero is one of those smart opportunities to build upon a solid history of collaboration to transform healthcare  and lives around the world.”

For related stories on the College of Nursing Panama summer trips visit USF College of Nurisng’s News page here.

Through POWER with Nursing, our Partnership Opportunities for Wellness, Education and Research initiatives, the College is expanding collaborations that stretch across the region, nation and globe. POWER with Nursing provides opportunities to collaborate with the USF College of Nursing on important initiatives providing increased opportunities for interprofessional education and USF Global nursing programs.