Nursing, and the Graduate School of Nursing

sayuri suwa

Since its establishment, in 1975, as the only school of nursing at a Japanese national university, the School of Nursing and (as of 1979) the Graduate School of Nursing at Chiba University have valued their long history and tradition of over 40 years, and are devoted to nursing education and research to meet the demands of our dynamic ever-changing society. As of 2022 the total number of graduates reached 3,648 in the School of Nursing and 1,238 in the Graduate School of Nursing. The graduates and alumni contribute to society as educational researchers, advanced nursing practitioners, and nursing administrators.

The School of Nursing has constructed and continuously updates its curriculum, so that its students can not only cultivate their humanity in the university but also learn the basics of the nursing profession, to grow as nurse scientists continually in pursuit of higher levels of nursing ability. A nurse scientist is defined as a nurse who can act while reasoning on a scientific basis, even in complex and difficult situations, who can enhance nursing science as a practical science, and who can contribute to society from the standpoint of nursing science by collaborating with professionals in other fields.

The Graduate School of Nursing, the largest graduate school of nursing in Japan, provides a wide variety of learning opportunities, to enable students to advance their careers as educational researchers, advanced nursing practitioners, and nursing administrators; thus gaining access to invaluable peers and networks. Moreover, the university provides the students of the Graduate School of Nursing with opportunities to study and discuss with graduate students with specialties other than nursing science, which enables them not only to enrich but also to expand the interdisciplinarity of nursing science.

Today, the world, including Japan, is facing a host of issues that affect peoples’ lives, including dilemmas in bio- and medical-ethics associated with medical progress, threats to everyday life from poverty, conflicts, and pandemics, and coexistence between humans and technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI). The knowledge and practice of nursing science aids in addressing such issues, together with other people, and in supporting and preserving peoples’ independence, well-being, and health in the countries, regions, and societies of the world.

We look forward to learning and enhancing the field, with students who learn independently and have high aspirations for enriching nursing science.

Dean of the Graduate School of Nursing, School of Nursing, and Graduate School of Nursing