This is the group of fabulous students Professor White and I worked with at the Shanghai JiaoTong University. They are all Post graduate students undertaking research projects of various kinds. They are motivated, keen and a joy to work with. We have taken two workshops in addition to our undergraduate cancer nursing sessions. The latter has taught me the skill of brevity. I have found it difficult to tailor the content to undergrad levels and quantity and fear that i have lost the students for much of my lectures. Although – I have used a critical population of about 6 students around the room to watch carefully for nods of agreement and/or understanding. I have two sessions today, two tomorrow and then home. Much as I love travel, it has been a long 9 days. Shanghai is a vibrant cosmopolitan mix of ancient and modern and I also wish I had more time to explore.
I hope that this programme is able to continue and that the links we have developed grow strong – but it these are very difficult to assess here.
Friday was Teacher’s Day in China and all over the country, at every school and university students gave their teachers a rose – isn’t that lovely. We were teaching a group of clinicians, post graduate students and faculty members and at the end of the session one of the students gave each of us a beautiful tin of biscuits. Sweet. Today we delivered the first researchworkshop to the post graduate nursing students at the Shanghai JaoTong University – the students are enthusiastic and motivated to learn and to inquire – perfect pre-requisites for research. After (a very long and filling) lunch, I taught the 3rd year undergraduate nursing students the first 2 of 12 cancer sessions – cCancer Prevention and the role of the nurse followed by The Biology of Cancer. It was hot, after lunch and intensive teaching – I am surprised that most of the students remained awake. they took a little warming up as I think that they were more shy than challenged by language. The key points on my slides had been translated into Mandarin which helped enormously I think. There was a group of three students in the 3rd row who were interested and keen and this was great as I was able to use them as a ‘tell’ for understanding by watching their nods or quizzical looks:). It was good to complete that initial session as I was extremely stressed about I think – hence my neurotic last post!!- now all is good on my planet!
Interestingly, having spent the afternoon talking about cancer and prevention – with particular reference to tobacco (did you know that one person dies from tobacco related illness every 9 seconds) – impressing on the students the opportunities available by seeing the ‘teachable moment’ – I went to a small Art-Deco cafe for a sandwich and a beer and got shown to a small room at the back which was the non-smoking area!
Tomorrow we deliver 4 hours of ‘Screening’, treatment principle and PsychoSocial aspects – the students are being asked to take a lot in over a short time but they seem resilient!