The training of personnel who can comprehensively support the health of everyone in the community
Prof. Hirokazu Murakami, MD, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Gunma University
This project was started at Gunma University in 2014 as a “Problem-Solving Oriented Training Program for Advanced Medical Personnel” offered by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The objective of this project is to build and spread all over Japan the systematic and distinctive educational programs/courses to train outstanding medical personnel capable of contributing to a healthy and long-lived society as well as providing medical care based on scientific evidence in order to address the various medical problems in Japan. Gunma University is not only working to improve the existing hospital- and facility-based medical care and nursing, but also the educational programs designed to train personnel capable of providing nursing oriented to the communities and homes where people actually live.
This project is now being implemented through cooperation with Gunma Prefecture, administrative bodies such as municipalities, collaborating universities, community medical care facilities, professional organizations and other entities. We hope for further supports of the various institutions in Gunma Prefecture in training personnel who can comprehensively support the health of everyone in the community.
Training nurses to be “community-minded nurses”
Prof. Tamae Futawatari, MD, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Department of Nursing, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Gunma University
The “Gunma-wide Project for Teaching Community-based Nursing to Education Leaders” at Gunma University was selected as a nursing personnel training topic for the “Problem-Solving Oriented Training Program for Advanced Medical Personnel” offered by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Five universities, including Gunma University, were chosen from among 66 universities in a fierce competition with the largest number of applications.
The project at Gunma University is characterized by (1) the innovation of community and home nursing educational programs that support coherent living through 4 years of undergraduate education, (2) a “leadership course in community-based nursing” as part of postgraduate education, and (3) the establishment of an accredited “supervisor course for community-based nursing practice” and the development of a two-step education system linking medical facilities to communities and homes.
Through this 5-year project that started in 2014, Gunma University will join forces with related institutions within the prefecture to form a “united Gunma,” and in doing so, will train the personnel, i.e. nurses with a “community-minded nurses,” needed by Japan’s unprecedented aging society with an ultra-low birth rate. Gunma University asks for the participation and support of many people in this new challenge.