Last year, we shared the story of how eight students in the University of Arizona College of Nursing Master’s Entry to the Profession of Nursing (MEPN) program participated in an immersive clinical experience with the Department of Nursing, Universidad de Sonora (UNISON), a public university in Hermosillo, Mexico. The successful program encouraged students to compare and contrast the health care systems – both acute and public health - of each country and allowed them to conduct comprehensive community assessments that enriched their knowledge of the border experience.
Although the program has been temporarily halted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the mutual respect and admiration between UArizona Nursing and UNISON is stronger than ever. Maria Olga Quintana Zavala, Director of Nursing for UNISON in Hermosillo, recently recorded this brief message of support for our faculty and students during these difficult times.
"We are happy to share this thoughtful, inspiring and supportive greeting from our colleague," UArizona Associate Dean for Global Nursing, Marylyn Morris McEwen, PhD, RN, FAAN says. "It is wonderful to see our many faculty who have engaged in binational activities with our Sonoran nursing colleagues. We are indeed strengthening our global nursing partnership."