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“Carry on the immutable 'light of charity”

Tamaki Kumagai,
Dean, School of Nursing of the Faculty of Medicine (Dean of the Graduate School of Nursing)

Tamaki Kumagai

The School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine at Osaka City University (whose precursor was Osaka City University College of Nursing, established in 1998) was opened in 2004. The school originated as Osaka City University of Medicine Public Welfare Academy, established in 1949. In 2008, four years later, the Graduate School of Nursing (master's course) was opened at Osaka City University; in 2010 the Ph.D. course was started, establishing today's the Graduate School of Nursing and the School of Nursing at this university. This school, which has developed in response to the remarkable development of medical care and social demands as medical professionals, has inherited the mission, “Carry on the immutable 'light of charity,'” as the traditional spirit of nursing education.

In the midst of changes in the makeup of the population due to social changes and the rapidly aging population with a declining birthrate, the role of medical care in supporting “It is the person who lives” is being questioned. From here on, nurses are expected to play a leading role in the administration and policies of healthcare and welfare by collaborating with a wide range of occupations in order to bear the burden of still-developing advanced medical care and expanding regional medical care and to provide high-quality medical care.

This will require not only the acquisition of solid expertise and skills, but also the fostering of deep thinking and a foundation for a nurse who is rich in emotions and interested in people and things. Through the study of nursing in our school, we help students to cultivate deep knowledge, intelligence, insight, and foresight, and to build a high level of professionalism as a medical professional. We are going to cultivate a rich humanity, imaginative power, and charitable hearts. We are also working hard to produce a great number of promising personnel for our society.

Cooperation and Creation, Moving Into the Future

Kenji Ohata,
Dean, Faculty of Medicine

Kenji Ohata

The School of Nursing in the Faculty of Medicine at Osaka City University is located on the Abeno Campus, which also includes the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Nursing, and the University Hospital. The fundamental principles of the Faculty of Medicine, which anchors the Abeno Campus, are "Wisdom, Benevolence, Valor". Wisdom, benevolence and valor, called the three primary virtues in the Analects of Confucius, are introduced as the explanation that a wise person is not flustered, a benevolent person is not anxious, a valorous person is not afraid. If one realizes what is correct, and empathizes with the other person with a charitable heart, that person will be able to remain true to their principles without being confused, without being worried, while remaining courageous. It is on the basis of these principles that we cultivate our nursing professionals.

As the field of medicine becomes more varied, its content continues to expand. The Mission of the Faculty of Medicine is to cultivate a diverse body of students to active personnel who can identify the social needs and solve various medical problems by themselves, and medical personnel capable of creating a path to the future. By learning on their own, thinking for themselves, and acquiring the ability to mature of their own accord, not only can nursing students become nurses, public health nurses, and midwives in the future, but they can also further their careers and evolve into personnel sought by society, whether as certified nurses, nurse specialists, or as participants in international medical teams. In a student life over a four-year period on the Abeno Campus, it is possible to acquire the most advanced and most dedicated medical skills on a daily basis working with professional nurses, doctors, physical therapists, and medical clerical workers, and one can unintentionally acquire an independent yet cooperative spirit.

In addition to its contributions to the region, the present school, which is a public school, is also expected to be active on a global scale through the high quality of its academic accomplishments. International exchange programs in this medical school are at the highest level for a Japanese educational entity, with 60 foreign students accepted annually, 37 sent overseas, and with a total of 26 partner overseas schools (as of 2016). For prospective nursing students, an environment has been prepared that provides numerous opportunities for international exchanges.

Hereafter, the School of Nursing of the Faculty of Medicine will continue to contribute to society, through active coordination with nursing- and medicine-related organizations and with government entities and by sending out into the world nursing professionals for a new era, imbued with the three primary virtues of wisdom, benevolence, and valor, and bringing their knowledge into all levels of society.


Well-equipped facilities expand the possibilities for nursing education

Adult health nursing practice room (7F) Community (home care), gerontological,mental health nursing practice room (7F) Maternal/child health nursing practice room (7F) Fundamental nursing practice room (6F)
Data processing practice room (4F) Graduate student common study room (6F) Student hall (B1F) Lecture room C (3F)