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About HKU Nursing

DEPARTMENT OF NURSING

The Department offers diverse programs including undergraduate programs (4-year BSN program and 2-year BSN program), 5-year junior college program, and a masters program.

 

¢ Mission and Goals

The Department aims to develop clinical nurse professionals who are competent and trusted by patients and their families and the public. In addition to strengthening basic medical and nursing knowledge, the curriculum focuses on learning related to the humanities, social, scientific, artistic and other knowledge and emphasizes the unity of theory and practice, so individual general capacities and dispositions, such as general clinical nursing skills, basic biomedical sciences, communication and cooperation, critical thinking, caring, ethical knowledge, accountability, and lifelong learning can be fostered.

 

¢Curriculum

The curriculum includes: humanities, arts disciplines, basic medical and nursing professional courses (such as medical/surgical, obstetrical, pediatric, community health and mental health nursing). The program places great emphasis on the entire process of care and clinical practice experiences. Each instructor is responsible for seven to ten students’ during internships in clinical sites at teaching hospitals in central Taiwan. Students who are interested in gerontological nursing, acute/critical care nursing, or Chinese medicine nursing may take the elective courses and practica for their future career development. Students may also take the courses or programs across departments for multidisciplinary training.

 

¢Career Development

The pass rate for the licensure examination for registered nursing for our graduates has been above the national norm over the years. Some graduates have pursued higher education in graduate schools. Our alumni serve in all levels of health institutions and agencies, including medical units, hospitals, research institutes, schools, and factories with great achievements and make great contributions to Taiwanese society and health care delivery systems.

 

¢Future Developmental Goals

The Department of Nursing has grown with the full support from the Board of Trustees, the president, and the other departments of the university. The Department will be guided under the school policies to meet the objectives of technical and vocational education by recruiting faculty members with higher professional ranks, enriching teaching technology, setting up a clinical skills teaching laboratory, strengthening social services, and encouraging active participation in research works.

 

Masters Program

¢Mission and Goals

This program aims at educating students to become "Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs)". The masters programs are based on eight core competencies of basic nursing education that prepare our graduates to become advanced practice nurses with a solid theoretical foundation, mastery of professional skills, effectiveness, professional autonomy, and independent judgment.

 

¢The curriculum plans

The design of the masters curriculum emphasizes bridging gaps between theory and practice so students make use of empirical and theoretical knowledge and use critical thinking in solving patient health problems in clinical settings. The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) program was designed to prepare nurses to assume advanced practice roles in a variety of settings based on seven graduate nursing core competencies, including competencies of direct patient care, consultation, leadership, communication and collaboration, education, research, and ethical decision-making. The particular expertise of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) emphasizes competencies in direct patient care, coaching, collaboration, and continuous quality improvement.Teaching/learning strategies include exploration of diverse topics, reports of clinical practice, case studies, oral and written report writing, peer classroom dialectic, thesis writing, and activities that foster the development of independent professionals with enhanced competence in advanced nursing care.

The three major areas of the curriculum include:

1.      Required courses: Advanced Biostatistics, Nursing Research, Nursing Theory, Master's Thesis.

2.      Professional required courses:

Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Adult nursing, Nurse Practitioner I, II, and III, Advanced Nursing for the Elderly Community, Advanced Psychiatric Nursing, Advanced Pediatric Nursing, and practica for the related specialties.

3.      Elective courses: Qualitative Research, Family Care, International Health Care Policy and Trends, or Ethical Decision Making.

 

¢Graduate development

The program aims at educating students to become Advanced Practice Nurses, who have corresponding professional function roles as Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) and/or Nurse Practitioners (NP).

 

¢ Future Developmental Goals

 

1. To cultivate the graduate-level APN in response to market demand and expand the advanced nursing role as CNS and NP professionals.

2. To promote international exchanges and enhance students’ global perspectives through collaborative programs with internationally known universities.

3. To actively plan and start a doctoral program by strengthening academic and research productivity of the faculty and utilizing national and international resources for program development.


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