Introduction from Don Jones
Kurt is a graduate of ATA College’s Practical Nursing Program. He is now completing an RN bridge program at the Shanghai Institute of Health Science (SIHS) in Shanghai, China. This is his second full year in China and he is scheduled to graduate in Spring 2012. ATA College originally signed an affiliation agreement with this college in the summer of 2010. The agreement allows for graduates of our Practical Nursing program to continue their education abroad in China. Eventually, ATA College hopes to offer an RN bridge program here in Louisville or at our college in Florida. Once we are approved to offer an RN program at either location, we can then enroll Chinese students that wish to study abroad in the United States. We are very excited about this mutually benefitting arrangement. The Chinese people and government place great value on quality education. This affiliation agreement once again affirms that ATA College is a quality organization that places student achievement and career success at the forefront.
Kurt Albright’s 13th Blog-January 16, 2012
I hope everyone had a good holiday. Mine was good, but I am having some health issues. Tuesday I go to the doctor.
I finished my tour of duty on the OB/GYN floor. It turned out to be a very positive experience. Babies are really cute when their garden hoses aren’t going off everywhere. Two mornings were spent in the bathing room, where the infants are weighed, bathed and changed. 3 or 4 infants can be taken in at one time. That is a lot of crying in a small space. Now my teammate and I are on the med/surge floor. It is awesome for a number of reasons. The head nurse likes to teach and lets the students do quite a bit of the patient care. A number of my classmates are on the floor, and there are three male nurses. One of the nurses is a guy named Ivar, a non-traditional nursing student from Norway. Ivar is in one of the attached pictures (along with his very traditional Norwegian food). He is a short-term exchange student and my next door neighbor at the school.
Life is getting exciting. I have 9 weeks left, and it has been a treat to watch my classmates grow up. They are not little kids anymore: they are my teachers. I wish I had carried a journal with me, instead of trying to remember events a day later, or a week later. There are lots of details that I have missed. My language skills are still really bad. I am trying to learn to write since my pronunciation is sometimes not so hot. It has been good here. Mr Wang, who runs the program like a true dictator, has been absolutely wonderful. The American teachers have one of his quotes hanging in the kitchen: “Our job is to scare the students, scare them really bad”. He does his job very well, but he has been very gracious to me. It has been good here, an experience I would not to want to have missed. But I can tell it is also time to come home. I am feeling a little nostalgic. In part because I just turned 50, I am sick, very tired, and there are still lots of aspects I will miss about this place (but not pickled fish guts served chilled). This is my fourth time in China, so I guess I find something appealing about being here. Every time I leave I figure it is my last time. It isn’t really like leaving an old friend. Friends you know pretty intimately, and the best I can say is I still don’t really know this country.
Kurt Albright’s 14th Blog-January 24th, 2012
I am still not 100%. Just finished my antibiotics. This week there is no practice. It is the Chinese new year festival. Most students are off for a month. Those now doing their hopsital practice are off for a week. It came at a very good time. I have done very little but sleep and watch Harry Potter.
Ivar, The student from Norway, is starting to learn his way around our part of the city. By the end of his first week he was getting us to the hospital in the morning and back to the school in the evening. I won’t have to worry about him when I go back to the apartment next week
Both of my roommates are out of town. I am hoping we don’t lose Patty (the South Korean). Her company is transferring a number of people back to South Korea, Vietnam, or Indonessia. She will quit and go to work for a church in Thailand before she is transferred. Her Chinese is excellent so I am hoping she will be staying in Shanghai. She feels like this is her home.
The 12th floor at the hospital has been a good experience. Last week I did not do any patient care due to illness, but there will be plenty of opportunities to do IV’s, blood draws, allergy tests for penicillin, and EKG’s in the future.
I am still tutoring on Friday nights. The girl I tutor on Saturday’s is now back in Japan for the holidays. She was teaching at our school last year, but now has a job at another school (teaching Japanese). I will miss her and my roommates when I leave China. The hardest part of a new experience never seems to be adjusting, which is tough. It just seems saying goodbye is tougher.