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Message from the Dean of the School of Health and Nursing Science

A milestone for a shining specialist in health and nursing science

The journey to becoming a specialist in health and nursing science begins with basic education in health and nursing science.

With a focus on people’s lives, the School of Health and Nursing Science enables students to comprehensively study health, medical care, and welfare. Support focusing on life places great value on the means of improving quality of life. As lifestyle-related diseases are increasing, how people can live a meaningful life in spite of their illnesses and disabilities is of increasing importance. Those who are engaged in the field of health and nursing science must play a leading part in health guidance and in raising awareness of the importance of healthy living and behavior.
Effective heath guidance thus requires holistic human understanding. For these reasons, the School of Health and Nursing Science encourages a wide range of liberal arts and basic education.

Our school was opened in 2004, with a predecessor in the College of Nursing, which opened in 1996. Since opening, it has produced a large number of individuals who are engaged in the field of health and nursing science. This has been achieved by deepening human understanding, educating the basics to support people's health, and providing specialized education to improve problem-solving, judgment, and research abilities. Most of these individuals are active in hospitals as nurses, or in local and regional facilities or in companies as public health nurses, especially in the Kansai region. In addition, some of these individuals are managing the health of students as school nurses.

Those who are engaged in the field of health and nursing science may further develop into advanced clinical practitioners, educators and researchers. In 2008, our school established a master's program in the Graduate School of Health and Nursing, and the maternity course. In 2013, the doctoral program in the Graduate School of Health and Nursing Science was established. The following year, 2014, saw the establishment of a course specializing in cancer nursing. In the 10 years since the school was opened, our school has thus instituted a path to specialism in health and nursing science.

As the first milestone (intermediate target point) in becoming a shining specialist in health and nursing science, I am sure that this school fosters students rich in humanity and independence and that it encourages strong cooperative spirit within and between them. I believe that each student in the School of Health and Nursing Science has a rich and fulfilling university life.

 

MORIOKA Ikuharu
Dean of School of Health and Nursing Science
Wakayama Medical University