Nursing professors win grant for international project

A proposal to help foster a worldwide dialogue about the impending nursing shortage earned the $500 travel grant award this year from Western Carolina University’s Delta Zeta Chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars.

Sharon Metcalfe and Bonnie Garner, both assistant professors of nursing at the Enka campus, traveled to the United Kingdom to explore possible partnerships with nursing departments overseas. As a result, Western nursing students will travel this March to Wales and England as part of a pilot course designed to help students develop an international perspective of nursing leadership. The students will study and mentor with nurses at the School of Caring Sciences at the University of Glamorgan in Wales, and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at Kings College in England.

“We hope to establish an ongoing reciprocal educational relationship with these institutions to address mutual professional nursing issues, such as the international nursing and nursing faculty shortages and gerontology health care needs,” said Metcalfe.

For more information, contact Sharon Metcalfe or Bonnie Garner at (828) 670-8810.