YuYu 2015 China

Nursing student final clinical training in Peking Union Medical College Hospital, BeiJing China.

Finishing exchange (practical training) in BeiJing

Overall my experiences in Peking Union Medical College Hospital was wonderful! My goals and objectives were to experience and learn professional communication with patients, colleges and physicians, as well as improving my clinical skills.  After ten weeks of clinical training here in Beijing, I believe that I have reached my learning goals and objectives.

My recommendations:

If you are interested in performing your clinical training in Beijing; for non-Chinese speaking students I suggest you come during your first or second year of studying. The large amount of patients that you will be exposed to daily in the Chinese hospital will give you the opportunity to see and experience more and different types of medical conditions. In addition, the cultural differences between countries and especially in regards to Chinese family values give you more insight of the importance of professional communication and family nursing.  l especially recommend that Chinese speaking students perform their final clinical training in China during your last studying year. Having previous clinical skills and being able to understand the language helps you to have a general picture of being a nurse and will help you succeed in the Chinese hospital.


I strongly recommend this hospital to all of you if you are interested in seeing something different and the opportunity to see many patients in a short amount of time. However, your expectations and communication with your coordinator is essential for you to reach your objectives and goals. You need to communicate with your coordinator and tell them that you would like to follow one mentor and doing things when you can.

It was a valuable experience for me and I enjoyed it very much. Comparing Chinese nursing job and responsibility’s with other countries will help me in the future be more grateful and cherish my job in a western country.

Operating theater in PUMCH

Operating theaters in PUMCH is huge. There is one surgical building which consists of three floors as operating theaters. Forty-eight operating rooms are included in the surgical building, in which eight operating rooms are for emergency operations. Eighteen operating rooms are in the internal medicine department.

There are approximately 160 to 240 operations done here in PUMCH from Monday to Friday. Opportunities are available to see different types of surgeries, including cardiovascular, brain, orthopedics, gynecological, neurology, plastic surgeries etc. Robot assisted surgeries were started into practice here in PUMCH since last year. However, it is not yet available for students. 

I have two weeks practice opportunities here in the operating theater. Thus my goal of this experience is mainly focusing on understanding the systematic team work in the operating theater,  and size opportunities to see different types of surgeries.

Finished one month clinical training in the intensive care unit

Four weeks of clinical training in the intensive care unit was completed! My feelings to the nurses’ job there was “intensive”. I decided to have one nurse as my supervisor because it was easier to follow one person for the whole period and the trust relationship would built within time. Thus l could learn more and have more practice opportunities during my practice.

During the four weeks, l had only worked for three to four days a week and in total the working days was 13 days. However, the working hours was about 40 hours per week because each shift last from 12 to 13 hours. In the intensive care unit they only had day shift and night shift, and working hours was from 7:20- 20:00 and 19:20 -08:00 respectively. Lunch break and dinner break was included in the day shift, however there was no specific coffee break or meal break during night shift. I had one night shift every week, and after the night shift l felt that l would pass out! It was too busy most of the time, I got dehydrated and the working hours was too long making me exhausted!

The learning experiences there were most valuable for me because it was the most systematic learning. I had opportunities to write nursing interventions on the patient’s electrical medical history and gave oral report during the shift changing. In addition, l had communication opportunities with both  patient and their family members. It was great feelings to communicate with them, however, sometimes I feel it might be better if l do not know what is going on.

Enjoyed the real local Chinese hotpot with Finnish classmates

Things that foreigners find annoying when visiting China.
The most annoying thing that foreigners dislike about china is the squatting toilets. Chinese do not like seating toilets because they think it is NOT hygienic, thus there are not so many seating toilets available, and even if there are seating toilets available, some Chinese people would prefer to squat instead of seating.
In addition, remember that you always have to carry your own toilet paper. Practice squats before visiting china will make your life easier. 😀



Sanna Johansson & Sami Hakkarainen at SanLiTun of BeiJing







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Night life in BeiJing


psb (4)Spicy SiChuan Chinese food

psb (1)Local breakfast in BeiJing HuTong

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Ready to visit the forbidden city

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psb (7)It doesn’t look good, but it tasted wonderful.

psb (1)The bird nest for Olympic from 2008.

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It was so much fun to have them here in BeiJing. They enjoyed Beijing and the local delicious Chinese food.

Different Working Uniforms from PUMCH

Here are some pictures of nursing uniforms from different department of PUMCH.

QQ Photo20150505133944Nursing uniform from Resuscitation Room. QQ Photo20150505133927

20150331_131241Nursing uniform with little hat from a normal ward.QQ Photo20150505133435

QQ Photo20150505133759Nursing uniform from surgical ICU department.20150424_224929

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PUMCH has three employee restaurants. This was a buffet lunch and price is  15 Yuan per person, (2.20-2.50 euros).

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This was the first couple of days when they did not have nursing uniforms, so I had the doctor’s uniform. There was another exchange student from Denmark who was also doing her practice in PUMCH.


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Weather and Fun in April

It is warm, sunny and beautiful in BeiJing at this moment. However, it is crowded, too crowded! The human jam is everywhere and it is driving me nuts! Here are some pictures from daily fun inBeijing.

QQ Photo20150421182254Human Jam in BeiJing!QQ Photo20150421181953

QQ Photo20150421182224Food In Beijing. QQ Photo20150421182126


QQ Photo20150421181435Crazy snacks in BeiJing. WangFuJing street!QQ Photo20150421182157

QQ Photo20150421182324Alcohol in the grocery store. CHEAP!QQ Photo20150421182052

IMG_1559Beautiful cakes. EXPENSIVE! IMG_1561




OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASubway map in BeiJing. It is convenient because it can take you anywhere with NO traffic jam BUT human jam. Hahaha.

Intensive Care Unit, Day 1

Intensive care unit in Peking Union Medical College Hospital is divided into internal medicine ICU and surgical ICU. In addition, Surgical ICU consists of ward one, two and three. I will be continuing my clinical training at surgical ward two for the following four weeks.

Surgical ICU ward two consists of 18 patients’ beds, it is all small single rooms with glass window connected with each other. It is a closed ward, and the nursing station is placed in the middle of the ward like a rectangle. Two of the rooms are isolation room, and the air flow is reversed. Nurses and doctors are available 24 hours a day. One nurse and one doctor is assigned to be responsible for one patient to three patients depending on the situation of the patients. However, most of the time they help each other. In a way, it is good that they have good  team work spirit, but sometimes it might be too confusing especially if you do not know the care system here. Aseptic techniques are highly required and strict in ICU.

Nurses share the work as two shifts, whether day shifts or night shifts. Day shift is from 7:30 AM to 8:00 PM, and night shift is from 8 PM to 8 AM. Nurses work about three to four days a week and 12 hours per working shift. So if you work three days a week this week (36 hours), then you work four days a week next week (48 hours). Enjoy my practice here in ICU.

First Two Weeks in the Emergency Department

Time flies, two weeks practice in the emergency department has gone. As l have explained in the previous post, there are six wards at the emergency department, and l have been to all of the units for at least one day. Eventually l decided to stay at the resuscitation unit for the next two and half weeks, because this is the most unpredictable ward where l can practice quick nursing interventions and see something new.

There are about twenty-one beds at the resuscitation unit, and all of them have monitors, oxygen and other emergency equipment. Patients who are admitted in the resuscitation unit are mostly suffering from severe infections, pulmonary diseases, cancers, severe cardiovascular diseases including transit ischemic attack, myocardial infarction and other life threatening diseases. Sometimes there might be emergency events. Some of the clients are in coma or unconscious when they arrive. They may come from home with their family members, transfer from other hospitals, or come with paramedics with ambulance.

Nurses are classified into four levels, from the lowest level one to the highest level four. Their level is qualified by the examinations and working experiences. The nurses with higher level are mainly responsible for the medication and nurses with lower level are mainly responsible for morning nursing care, including urinary catheter, oral, and nursing care for the tracheotomy etc. The nurse helpers are responsible for bedding changing, and other basic nursing care. Doctors visit patients from bed to bed every morning and they are available at the nursing station 24 hours. Patients have their family members outside at the corridor 24 hours every day, they are there for signing the treatment agreement if needed, communicating with physicians and buying food, drinks and other daily necessaries (tissue paper, towels, wet paper, etc.) for their patients.

The hospital system here in China is different for Finland, patients’ medical documentation in China is mostly paper copies and in Finland it is all electronic.   The nurses use the paper forms to record patients’ vital signs and fluid balance. When the patient’s condition gets more stable, or certain diseases get confirmed then they may be transferred to the Intensive Care Unit, or to the specific wards such as internal medicine or cardiac unit etc. In general, it is a great place to learn and I am grateful as well as appreciate my time here at the resuscitation unit.


Know more about BeiJing, China

When you are doing your clinical training in BeiJing, please don’t forget to have FUN, ENJOY the authentic Chinese food(HOT POT, PEKING DUCK), and explore Chinese culture. BeiJing is one of the four ancient cities of China, which was established over 3000 years ago. BeiJing is one of the unique city with population of 21 million. The historical culture and buildings of this city are well preserved, and with the development of the world, BeiJing is also one of the fastest development city in China. The historical preserved attractions and the modern style make BeiJing a unique and interesting city for you to explore. (Note: Pictures were downloaded from google. )

The Bird's nest Beijing Olympic Stadium

The birds nest Olympic Stadium in BeiJing


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[caption id="attachment_25" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Beijing_Olympics, 2008 Night-with light view








The forbidden city

National Stadium in BeiJing

Water Cube for Olympics

The Summer Palace in BeJing

Temple of Heaven

Orientation Day and First Day at the Emergency Department

Orientation Day

My first day was mainly focused on orientation, introduction, figure out timetable, welcome dinner and how to get around in the hospital. PUMCH is big, NO, actually it is HUGE. The total construction area is approximately 530,000 square meters. The tutors and teachers are amazingly thoughtful, they come to take me from my apartment to the hospital to get me uniform and showed me around in the history of museum exhibition building of PUMCH, other departments, wards, and cafeterias. My apartment is 10 minutes away from the hospital by walking.


First Day at the Emergency Department

Busy! Busy! Busy!  There were about 300 patients at the “triage nursing working station” of emergency department from 12 am  until 5 pm. Don’t be surprises! They have approximately 450 patients everyday on average. They consider that under 400 patients are not too busy and sometimes the number may reach up to 600. The emergency department is 24 hours available for their clients.

The emergency department has six units, including triage, resuscitation unit, emergency intensive care unit , emergency of international department, ward, and observing room. The triage nursing working station has two nurses working there take basic vital signs (BP, O2, Temperature) and ask the some basic information (reason to come to the hospital, pain, location of pain, medication) , and they are responsible for designating patients to the correct doctors. It is a not so organized, however, they are amazingly efficient.

There were all types of patients with different emergency needs or non-emergency needs. It was an amazing day for me as a student to see how everything works. I will be placed in six units for a day for the first week and choose two units for staying for my following two weeks.


The history exhibition of PUMCH. Founded in 1921 by Rockefeller Foundation.


The nursing uniform. Ms: Ying Liu


One area of the historical museum.


The model of PUMCH. As you can see, the whole block is the hospital area.


Welcome dinner HaiDiLao Hotpot with other colleges.


The half spicy and half non-spicy hot pot.


Delicious vegetables and fruits.


Time to eat! It was DELICIOUS!


All the nurses,and teachers are extremely friendly and kind to me. I am  enjoying here so far.