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Riverside, Calif. (Sept. 5, 2014) -- Nine nursing students from Taiwan recently completed two weeks at CBU's School of Nursing to learn about American healthcare.

The students attended lectures and clinical simulations. They also visited Health to Hope, a clinic for the homeless, Loma Linda veterans' hospital and Riverside Community Hospital to observe the emergency room and the intensive care unit.

While the Taiwan students were here to learn about the healthcare system and life as an American nurse, the School of Nursing saw their visit from a different perspective, said Jeannette Russell, administrative assistant.

"We looked at it as a reverse International Service Project because they were coming here," she said, referring to CBU's flagship volunteer service program ({CCM:BASE_URL}/explore-cbu/offices/spiritual-life/mobilization/). "We made sure that the faith integration was in every class, just like we do in the nursing department."

Throughout the two weeks, 24 CBU senior nursing students worked and spent time with the group. While a faculty member gave a lecture each day, the CBU students also gave lectures and planned the simulations, such as childbirth, gerontology and emergency, using an actor or a mannequin.

"I don't think we expected it to be quite the opportunity for our nursing students as it became," said Sarah Pearce, learning resource center assistant. "It started out as being sessions that the faculty would lead, but due to time constraints, the students stepped up."

There were also fun activities, such as a picnic with volleyball and a water balloon fight. The Taiwan students also enjoyed meeting Rugar, a Goldendoodle training to be a therapy dog.

"Our students had such a great experience, both sides really benefitted," Russell said. "The leader's last words to me were, ‘We'll be back next year with more students.'"