- Department of Fundamental and Clinical Nursing
- Department of Maternal-child health Nursing
- Department of Health/Lifestyle Support Nursing
Department of Fundamental and Clinical Nursing
Nursing serves humanity. In order to understand human nature more fully, learners need to explore the human condition from three perspectives: the psychological dimension, the physical dimension, and the environmental dimension. The field of Human Sciences concentrates on exploring the physical dimension, operating from a scientific standpoint.
At the University of Yamanashi, the Human Sciences field offers courses on anatomy, bodily functions, and pathophysiology.
Subjects in the curriculum include Human Anatomy and Bodily Regulation I, Human Anatomy and Bodily Regulation II, Bodily Observation Methods, Pathology and Physiology I, Pathology and Physiology II, Human Genetics, Nursing Research I, Nursing Research II, and Integrated Practicum.
In the field of Fundamental Nursing, students explore the nature of nursing, humanity, health, and the environment, the theoretical foundations of nursing practice, and the various challenges and changes that have accompanied the historical development of the nursing profession. Other topics include the concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, pain relief, and health recovery, activities that serve to accomplish nursing objectives, and the unique roles of nursing in team-based medical care. Aiming to help students integrate their previous studies in the basic knowledge, skills, and approaches constituting the fundamentals of nursing practice, the Fundamental Nursing curriculum courses focuses on seminars and practicums that enable students to master the basics and principles of nursing.
Our educational policy focuses on nurturing respect for individual diversity and helping students make the most of their abilities. Encouraging students to be creative and ambitious, we strive to implement mutually beneficial educational practices.
The subjects in the Adult Nursing curriculum, which include Adult Nursing Activities I, II, and III, Adult Nursing Practicum I and II, and Nursing Research, encourage students to focus on the many health issues that adults face and the forms of care that the different problems require. Nursing is a practical, hands-on science. Students in Adult Nursing begin by gaining a comprehensive perspective on adult existence—covering the physical, psychological, and social components—and then start to explore the roles and responsibilities that professional nurses fulfill.
Department of Maternal-child health Nursing
In Maternity Nursing, the primary goal is to help women live healthy lives in the various stages of motherhood—pregnancy, delivery, and childcare—and the phases of puberty, maturity, menopause, and old age.
The process of having and raising a child, which represents one of the most significant, formative experiences in the life of a woman and those of her family members, is the product of many different factors: Personal beliefs, value systems, and cultural customs all have a powerful effect on approaches to maternity. Maternity Nursing focuses on fostering respect for women’s rights to choose and a deeper understanding of maternity-related needs. In their professional capacities, maternity nurses provide basic health care with a commitment to ensuring the client’s privacy and respecting the dignity of the client’s body. Maternity nurses also serve as the practitioners of official policies on maternal and child healthcare by implementing various healthcare measures for women and children.
Many women around the world lack access to reproductive health and reproductive rights. Given the prevalence of misleading or erroneous information, inappropriate support services, high-risk sexual behavior, and discriminatory social norms, among other issues, large numbers of women are in extremely vulnerable positions. The realm of reproduction is also rife with ethical, legal, and social issues that threaten the dignity of human life. Instead of avoiding these challenging concerns, care providers need to commit to the issues at hand, think independently, collaborate with the relevant parties, and seek out the optimal solutions.
The Maternity Nursing/Midwifery courses at the University of Yamanashi position the nursing discipline within the context of these objectives.
Child Nursing focuses primarily on child clients but also covers support for children’s families. In cases involving chronic disorders that develop during the childhood stage, the scope of Child Nursing also extends into the adolescent and adult years to ensure that clients receive the appropriate developmental care.
A clear, accurate understanding of how children grow and develop is more than just a vital component of childhood care—it also plays an integral role in shaping approaches to lifestyle changes, personality traits, and disease prevention in the stages spanning adolescence and adulthood. The School of Nursing at the University of Yamanashi thus positions Child Nursing as the foundation of clinical nursing. With falling birth rates and other conditions spurring rapid changes in the social environment, the challenges facing healthy childhood development are now more daunting than ever.
Numerous other problems—including environmental pollution, the new diseases and disorders that advances in medical science continue to reveal, and general increases in childcare anxiety—are clouding the concepts of childcare and child support in questions with no clear answers. Overcoming these obstacles requires a broad perspective, flexible approaches, creative thinking, and the courage to put solutions into practice. What makes children so unique and special goes deeper than the simple, superficial attribute of body size—it lies in their identities as developing individuals with unlimited potential. The responsibility for ensuring that children can fully achieve that potential rests largely on the adult population. The field of Child Nursing, then, plays a crucial role: protecting young, vulnerable lives and putting children on the path toward bright, rich lives.
Department of Health/Lifestyle Support Nursing
This course covers nursing for all community residents, regardless of age or health problems. Focusing on the need for maintaining and promoting healthy living, the course discusses approaches to mental health nursing, geriatric nursing, home-care nursing, community nursing, and other fields.
The Health/Lifestyle Support Nursing course examines measures for people battling diseases, disorders, and other health-related issues, focusing primarily on social rehabilitation and home care, as well as community residents in good health, concentrating on health-promotion efforts and public health concerns.
Community Health Nursing
Aiming to enhance public health, the field of Community Health Nursing covers an expansive range—including occupational health, school health, and nursing for people of all ages—in ensuring that community residents can maintain and improve their overall health. Courses in Community Health Nursing concentrate primarily on the activities of public health nurses, underscoring the roles that community-health nursing professionals play. Public health nurses constantly shift their focus between the “individual” and the “group,” using the needs that emerge from their work with individuals to identify health concerns affecting the community as a whole. Community Health Nursing also involves developing policies for empowering local residents to make health-oriented improvements on their own.
In Community Health Nursing courses, students gain the necessary knowledge and skills through a system of lectures, experiential learning, and participatory seminars.
Health Science courses provide students with wide-ranging knowledge on preventing disease, maintaining health, and promoting health and opportunities to explore the ways in which health- and nursing-related activities incorporate basic epidemiology and health statistics. Given the broad nature of the field, research projects often address a diverse mix of topics: from health issues in school, occupational, and community-based settings, for example, to the factors shaping environmental problems. Overall, students in Health Science courses gain valuable exposure to different perspectives on the connections between various social phenomena and health.
Gerontological and Home-care Nursing
The field of Gerontological and Home-care Nursing concentrates on helping elderly individuals stay healthy, benefit from home care, and live more fulfilling lives in society. In courses on the topic, students develop a stronger understanding of the elderly population through a comprehensive framework that places elderly individuals—separate, unique inhabitants of community society—within the contexts of individual identity and environmental surroundings. The elderly population presents a diversity of different health levels, ranging from active seniors to individuals requiring nursing care. The scope of Gerontological and Home-care Nursing thus covers disease prevention, health maintenance, and health promotion for different health levels, self-care for elderly individuals with chronic health problems, end-of-life care, and the support of home care recipients and family caregivers. In addition to addressing the many facets of the field, the University of Yamanashi’s Gerontological and Home-care Nursing offerings aim to help students develop the abilities that services in the health, medical, and welfare sectors demand of nursing professionals.
Mental Health Nursing
In the field Mental Health Nursing, we focus on providing nursing care to people with mental disorders and fostering improvements in mental health. The Mental Health Nursing offerings at the University of Yamanashi unite education, research, and practice. Through this educational framework, we train students to utilize keen observation skills, multifaceted analytical abilities, and flexible thinking capacities in supporting and keeping attentive, devoted watch over clients with mental disorders. Mental Health Nursing encompasses a broad array of issues, including quality-of-life (QOL) concerns for mentally handicapped individuals and their families, efforts to integrate long-term hospital inpatients back into society, depression and suicide, social withdrawal and dependence, mental health in occupational settings, mental-health care for children and the elderly, and stress management for psychiatric nursing professionals. As we form a growing network of connections with health, medical, and welfare institutions in the community, we work to blend education, research, and practice into a balanced arrangement and make its efforts known to the general public—both in Japan and abroad. In the Mental Health Nursing Field at the University of Yamanashi, our sights are set on forward progress into the future, always reflecting on what we can do to help people live healthier lives and meet challenges with a flexible, supple frame of mind.