Academics

Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Nursing

Objectives

The Department of Nursing strives to nurture nurses with superior specialized knowledge, practical abilities, high ethical standards, and rich humanity.

Characteristics of the curriculum

Students learn the value of "team medical care" as it is demanded of nursing specialists.
Our university has a variety of departments that educate students in the areas of health, medicine, and welfare. We take advantage of this by taking a "collaborative learning" approach, whereby students learn in cooperation and collaboration with students from other departments.

Our curriculum enables students to acquire various certifications. This integrated curriculum ensures that all students can acquire the necessary qualifications to take national examinations for registered nurses and public health nurses, so that they may contribute broadly to the nursing profession. Some students may also take elective courses of midwife and school nurse.

From the first year, we adopt a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach, which is conducted in small groups. By implementing PBL in all the years of education in our department, we help to cultivate students' "abilities to identify, consider, and solve problems independently".

Our integrated and progressive nursing courses encourage students to study and synthesize knowledge and obtain technological skills in a manner similar to what would be demanded in a clinical setting. Based on current sociological conditions and disease structures, we also offer courses on such subjects as oncology, cancer treatment nursing, international nursing theories and disaster nursing theories.

Qualifications and careers

Qualifications we aim for:
  • Qualification to take the national examination for registered nurses
  • Qualification to take the national examination for public health nurses
  • Qualification to take the national examination for midwives
  • License of School Nurse, Type I

Students can acquire the necessary qualifications in order to take the national examinations for registered nurses and public health nurses. In addition, those who take elective courses can gain qualifications to take the national examination for midwives. License of School Nurse, Type I is also obtainable. Most graduates work as registered nurses or midwives at university hospitals, general hospitals, or clinics. Some graduates advance to schools of midwifery. The placement rate for job applicants is 100%.


Figure1 Place of Employment of Nursing Students

Facilities

Our training environment cultivates practical nursing skills in the students. All four training rooms (i.e., the nursing fundamentals training room, the adult and geriatric nursing training room, the community and home nursing training room, and the mother and child nursing training room) are equipped with many of the latest training devices. The training environment in our school is such that nursing practical abilities are well cultivated in students.

International activities

As part of the international nursing theory classes, the nursing department conducts a short-term training session abroad, which includes observation tours at the pediatric specialty hospital, hospice, university hospital of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the United States. Learning the realities of medical care within a foreign culture greatly impacts on our students.

In 2011, our university signed an international exchange agreement with the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK. In line with this agreement, we have begun exchanging staff and students and also launched joint research on nursing. Since then every year teachers and students of the Nursing Department of NUHW visit UEA.

Since 2009, as requested by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), we have been having a training course called "Prevention Strategies for Lifestyle-related Diseases in Community Health in Oceania". With the nursing staffs from Oceania who are engaged in regional health care services as trainees, participants have given high ratings to their training experiences, and we plan to continue this program in the future.


On the rooftop heliport in UCLA


Inter-university exchange between UEA & NUHW in UK