Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences

President's Message

 

Firstly, I would like to welcome all visitors, colleagues, and prospective students and faculty to Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences.

 

In our increasingly aging society the role of nursing colleges and universities in the areas of health and welfare has become a matter of increasing importance. From the early 1990’s, a number of baccalaureate nursing programs have been established in Japan to ensure that the future health care needs of the nation would be met. Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences was established as one of these institutions in 1998 by the government of Oita Prefecture. The task of the university is: to prepare talented students to be nursing professionals, and to advance nursing and health sciences through creative and relevant research and involvement in social activities.

 

Our faculty is now putting all of its strength into education, research and community service in order to make our university a center of excellence in nursing. As part of that effort, we established a Master’s degree program in Nursing Science in 2002 and a Doctoral degree program in Nursing Science in 2004. In 2008, we established the first graduate school course for educating Nurse Practitioners in Japan with the objective of training nurse practitioners in the fields of primary care for geriatrics and for pediatrics. In 2009, we established a Master’s degree program and a Doctoral degree program in Health Sciences in order to enhance the relationship between nursing and the basic sciences. In 2011, we introduced a four-year Registered Nursing program in our Undergraduate School, the first such curriculum in Japan, and moved our Public Health Nursing program and Midwife program from the Undergraduate School to the Graduate School. In 2015, we introduced a four-year undergraduate clinical practicum in preventive home visits to the elderly residing in the communities surrounding our campus. The goal of this program, in which all of our undergraduates make home visits in teams to the same elderly person several times a year, is to improve the health of the surrounding communities by providing information and guidance on health promotion and prevention to the local elderly. In addition, we want to strengthen collaborative research and promote international cooperation in the various fields of nursing. We are also expecting that all of our students will become valuable professionals who can cherish and care for people with varied kinds of needs.

 

Finally, our university is located on the top of a hill with a good view of the surrounding beautiful mountains. There are also several famous hot springs close to our university. The great natural beauty of the area and the hot springs serve to heal our hearts, minds, and bodies.

 

We wish you a happy and meaningful stay at our university.

 

Sachiyo Murashima, PhD, PHN, RN

President and Chair of the Board of Directors

Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences

Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo

updated : 01/10/2016