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These volunteers give their own time and resources to participate in the Project’s activities and represent the University of San Francisco.

The leaders of the Thanh Nhan Hospital were so pleased with the outcome of Dr.

Ly’s project, that this expansion in the scope of nurse practice has become a new performance standard in the Endocrinology Department. Ly’s documentation model for primary care foot assessments was also the first to be designed by a foreign nurse and integrated as a permanent record in all Hanoi Department of Health Medical Centers patient records.

This request has great significance as it is the first time Hanoi Department of Health hospital staff were asked to visit a Ministry of Health hospital to teach their colleagues best practices.

Another of the SONHP’s graduates, Amy Ly, DNP, RN also conducted her project at the Thanh Nhan Hospital, Endocrinology Out-patient Department. Ly’s project focused on establishing assessment protocols and teaching nurses in the diabetic primary care clinic how to perform foot assessments on newly diagnosed type-2 diabetic patients to result in the early diagnosis and implementation of preventive health care practices to minimize diabetic foot injuries.

Two VNP volunteers from Florida, Erin Rainey, RN, MSN and Marcia Sweasey, RN, MSN, raised over $2,000.00 from their hospital’s National Nurses’ Week celebration as part of their institution’s annual “Pay It Forward” program.

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Both Erin and Marcia returned to Hanoi this January 2016 for their second visit to serve on the VNP’s annual service visit, and provided leadership to coordinate the St. Vietnam Nurse Project volunteers prepare for a visit to the St.Project volunteer Vera Komisarjevsky provides primary health care services at St.An’s Orphanage The most recent support activity is to help finance the installation of a clean-water system at the St. Prior to the installation of the new water system, the orphanage got its water from a small pond located on the grounds.All three of the USF SONHP DNP projects introduced the concept and practice of evidence-based care, an expanded role for Vietnamese nurses, and has advance the professional contributions and clinical practice of nurses into areas formerly controlled by physicians.In 2012, the Vietnam Nurse Project in cooperation with Hanoi’s Thanh Nhan Hospital, implemented the country’s first-ever Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds (VNGR).Enthusiastic students in Hanoi engaged in learning new knowledge and skills.The VNP’s principal partners in Vietnam are five medical centers in Hanoi, and the country’s professional nursing association: Thanh Nhan Hospital, Viet Duc Hospital, Bach Mai Hospital, National Hospital for Tropical Diseases (Vietnam’s equivalent of the U. Centers for Disease Control), the National Burn Hospital (a military hospital), and the Vietnam Nurses’ Association.The initial focus of the Project’s work at the orphanage was to complete physical assessments for all 80 children (ranging in age from newborns to 18 years), and for the 27 staff members.Each child and staff member now has an established medical record that is documented in both Vietnamese and English.To provide additional leadership capacity and expand the Project’s activities and involvement of other faculty and graduate students, two faculty in the SONHP joined the Project as Associate Directors; Professor Gregory De Bourgh, Ed D, RN in 2008, and Associate Professor Susan Prion, Ed D, RN, in 2009. Prion was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, establishing a six-month residency in Hanoi to work with nursing staff in the intensive care unit of the Thanh Nhan Hospital to establish evidence-based patient care protocols for nurses to use in prevention of pressure ulcers among the critically ill patients. Prion’s work was so successful that her research-based standards and procedures have been disseminated for use by the Project’s other partner hospitals that are owned and operated by the Hanoi Department of Health.Enough cannot be said about the dedication and commitment of Drs.

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