Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences

The Center for Nursing Education, Research and Collaboration (CNERC)


The Center for Nursing Education, Research and Collaboration (CNERC) was established in 2004 to play a leading role in the advancement of nursing practice and research in Oita. CNERC has an office in our main campus, and also has a Research/Training Center in our sub-campus next to Oita Prefectural Hospital. Reflecting emerging issues, CNERC was restructured in 2016 into six teams and staffed with a full-time faculty member in order to further promote its original role. 


The main objective of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) Education Promotion Team is to increase the number of nurse practitioner graduate programs in Japan and to promote social activities that lead to the amendment of the Nursing Act. In 2014, the national government introduced a new training system through an amendment of the Nursing Act that allows the accreditation of highly qualified nurses in clinical facilities. CNERC will continue to promote legislation necessary for the further development and expansion of the role of NPs in clinical institutions. For this purpose, CNERC continues to make efforts to confirm evidence supporting the efficiency of the work of nurse practitioners in Japan.


The main purpose of the Community Support and Collaboration Team is to manage the Practicum of Community Development through Preventive Home Visits for the elderly by nursing students, which has been selected as one of the Center for Community Programs by MEXT, Japan. The team also collaborates with local governments in Oita Prefecture on surveys and research to promote community health.


The Continuing Education Team offers continuing education, support and information to the graduates of our Undergraduate School. The Team has created an alumni directory system and surveys the employment circumstances of our graduates. The team also collaborates with local governments and the Oita Nursing Association to support nursing research and education. Upon request, we dispatch instructors to facilities to guide their staff in research. Our statistics and information processing consultation service offers advice on these areas to individual researchers needing research support.


The International Exchange and Foreign Student Team seeks to promote international collaboration and to support students and guests from overseas. It receives nurses and teachers of nursing as trainees at our university. It is also in charge of the admission of foreign students and of our English language university bulletin and website.


The Academic Journal Publication Team publishes the Japanese Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences. This is an open-access journal to which anyone can submit an academic article, and the team is the editorial office of the journal.


The Industrial-Academic-Governmental Collaboration Team promotes active interaction among industrial companies, community health/medical/welfare sectors, the local and national governments, and our university, in order to develop beneficial of novel products.



updated: 01/10/2016