Development of an innovative baccalaureate nursing educational program to foster a “home care mind”TEAM GUNMA
Development of an innovative baccalaureate nursing educational program
to foster a “home care mind”
Japan is currently the most rapidly super-aging society in the world. Because of rising medical expenses, the duration of hospitalization is decreasing and patients often have to be discharged home or to another hospital or care facility. Therefore, the number of community-dwelling individuals with diseases and/or disabilities requiring the assistance of health care professionals and social welfare services is increasing. In line with this trend, nursing education needs to shift from hospital- to community-based integrated nursing.
As part of the “Gunma wide-education” project, Gunma University has begun introducing a component entitled “home care mind” to undergraduate students. Under this project, every compulsory course in the nursing program includes contents on home care in the lectures, seminars, and clinical practice. Nursing students study and gain practical experience together while learning about the daily lives of the community-dwelling elderly. This enables nursing students to learn the importance of having a “home care mind” and how to practice community-based integrated nursing and care in the home or at hospitals and facilities from their freshman to senior years.
Students who understand the “home care mind” learn to recognize patients as community-dwelling individuals and to provide patient-centered care tailored to each individual until the end of life.