Following the correspondence between Tehran Nursing and Midwifery School (FNM) and KOC’s School of Nursing in Turkey, and expressing the interest of both parties to expand the academic relations, the dean of KOC’s School of Nursing, Dr. Ayise Caradag officially invited a delegation of the School of Nursing and Midwifery to pay a visit to the KOC campus from June 9th to June 11th, 2019.
The purpose of this visit was to introduce the capabilities of two schools, and to find mutual research fields for multi-site research projects and publish joint articles. The FNM delegation was greeted by the representative of KOC’s Nursing School in Istanbul.
On Monday, June 10th, the FNM delegation arrived at the KOC’s Health Sciences Campus. This Campus, covering an area of 220,000 m2, consists of the school of nursing, the school of medicine, the advanced clinical training center, and the research laboratories.
In the first meeting of FNM delegation with the dean and vice-dean of the KOC’s school of nursing, the two universities and nursing schools were introduced to each other and the capabilities of the two schools for starting a joint cooperation were discussed. The KOC’s school of nursing has 21 faculty members, 7 of whom are full professors, accepts 30 top applicants who obtain the highest score at the Turkish universities’ entrance exam in nursing. In fact, the entries of this school are among the most eligible applicants of nursing in Turkey. The faculty offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD programs in nursing and also seeks to attract international students.
After introducing the capabilities of the schools, the associate dean of KOC school provided a tour of the center of Rahmi M. KOC Academy of Interventional Medicine, Education and Simulation (RMK AIMES), and introduced the advanced facilities of the school of Health Sciences that are used to train nursing students and also nursing personnel of KOC hospitals. It should be noted that, an agreement was made on the use of these facilities by the faculty members and students of the Tehran Nursing and Midwifery School in the form of Student and teachers exchange via Erasmus and Erasmus plus programs.
Subsequently, the visit followed by a tour of the KOC’s main complex which is located next to the Black Sea. It is worth mentioning that this campus includes six other well-equipped schools, with large classrooms for basic and general modules (for the first-year students of different disciplines), libraries which are open 24 hour/ day, praying room, restaurant, bank, cafeteria, supermarket, special green spaces for celebrations and other gatherings, shopping malls, hiking trails, cycling path and other recreational activities.
One of the most noteworthy part of the campus is the KOC’s University Research Center for Translational Medicine (KUTTAM), which its mission is to translate the knowledge obtained from the research projects into the guide books and instructions that can for being be used in clinical settings.
The program on the second day (June 11th) started by visiting the Oncology Department of the KOC University Hospital. This training hospital, which was located at the campus of Health Sciences, has been equipped with the North America’s standard since 2014, as an educational and research hospital. It includes 404 private rooms and a total of 73 critical care rooms, 366 bed for adults and 111 beds for children. In 2016, this hospital provided care for 6,000 inpatient clients, 65,000 outpatient clients and 1,600 foreign patients from other countries.
The hospital has a very suitable environment for education and the FNM delegation visited the oncology ward, and observed the teamwork of students, medical staff, and ward manager, as well as the interdisciplinary cooperation of nursing, medicine and pharmacy. As an example of interdisciplinary team work, some of the duties like drug preparation in oncology wards are carried out by pharmacists and associates of the pharmacy department. Therefore, nurses mainly devote their time for direct clinical care.
At 10:00 am, a meeting was held in one of the halls of the school with participation of most faculty members. In this meeting ,the dean of Tehran School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dr. Nikbakht Nasrabadi, introduced the school, the educational and research capabilities of the 8 educational departments, and potential areas for mutual cooperation. The educational and research strategies were outlined for the other party, and then the subject of PhD dissertations were presented to the audience in six categories. At the same time, the KOC faculty members were invited to cooperate in these Ph.D dissertations as co-supervisors. This type of collaboration was welcomed by the faculty members.
Upon completion of the group meeting, the FNM delegation conducted six individual meetings with the KOC faculty members who were interested in some common fields. The contact details of individuals and research lines were provided in form of booklet and brochure to the Turkish side, and the school’s vice-dean for international affairs committed to link the two sides with each other.
At the end, the two sides reached an agreement on the role of co-supervisor and foreign advisor for thesis and dissertation, establishment of exchange programs for teachers and students, holding collaborative short-term training courses, having visiting professors from other party, and arranging a visit by a delegation of KOC’s nursing school from Tehran School of Nursing and Midwifery.