Community-based nursing practice supervisor training programTEAM GUNMA
Development of an extension program for educating nurses to practice
and instruct community-based integrated nursing
Japan is currently facing the challenge of a rapidly aging population. To address this challenge, an extension program has been carried out at Gunma University since 2014 with the purpose of educating nurses to both practice and instruct community-based integrated nursing care to their colleagues and nursing students.
This extension program was developed with collaboration between university hospital nurses, the university faculty, local medical association, local nursing association, local governmental office and various other community facilities in Gunma Prefecture.
In accordance with the Japanese certification system, the extension program consists of a total of 120 hours. It is composed of the following three parts: fundamental nursing skills and concepts (30 hours); advanced nursing skills and concepts (30 hours); and nursing practice (60 hours). Nineteen were enrolled. The program utilizes a unique variety of educational methods such as off-campus self- and e-learning, and lectures are offered in the evenings and on weekends so as to not interfere with the students’ work schedules. In addition, some classes are combined with graduate-level courses to enable students to develop advanced problem-solving skills.
Students who complete this extension program can be expected to contribute to improved collaboration between health care providers in their community, and to enable individuals in the local community, even those with dementia or cancer, to enjoy a good quality of life according to their own values until the end.