Our laboratory was established in April 2014 as the " Cooperative Doctoral Course in Disaster Nursing" under the "Global Leadership Program in Disaster Nursing" of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Leading Program for Doctoral Programs in Education. We have been put emphases on post-disaster acute phase medicine, preparedness for big disasters, and the development of new educational methods. To contribute to the establishment of a healthy society and the safety, security, and self-reliance of the people by leveraging the experience and resources in disaster nursing accumulated by the constituent universities, and to foster global leaders in disaster nursing who can demonstrate interdisciplinary and international leadership skills to accurately respond to and resolve the many issues related to disaster nursing. By the end of March 2022, 52 students had enrolled and 21 had completed their studies at the five universities and are active in education and practice.
With the completion of this Ministry project, the program stopped accepting students after the 2019 academic year, and from the 2021 academic year, it was newly reorganized as the "Disaster and Critical Care Nursing" field in the Department of Nursing Innovation Science. In addition to organizing a five-university disaster nursing consortium and succeeding to the training of global leaders in disaster nursing, we are also involved in education and research in critical care nursing, and have received accreditation as an advanced practice nurse education program in critical care nursing from the Japan Association of Nursing Programs, and are offering courses, striving to develop human resources with advanced practical and research skills in each area.
Now we are engaging in
1. Disaster nursing
・Research on Nursing Support in the Acute Phase of Disaster
・Research on disaster preparedness support for those in need during disasters
・Research on disaster preparedness for cancer patients and their families
・Exploring the meaning of the experiences of people who have experienced catastrophic disasters
・Measures to prevent people from returning home after a major disaster
・Development of educational materials for CBRNE disaster nursing response for clinical nurses
2. Critical care nursing
・Research on the experiences of patients and families in physical and mental crisis situations due to trauma, sudden onset or worsening of serious illness, or highly invasive treatments
・Research on the exploration of nursing needs and care of patients who are critically ill and have difficulty communicating
・Research on Critical Care of COVID-19
・Research on Rapid Response System and Early Warning System in the general wards
・Research on PICS-F
In undergraduate education, we are in charge of "Integration and Practice of Nursing I" in the first year, "Integration and Practice of Nursing II" and "Integration and Practice of Nursing Practice" in the fourth year. In the "Integration and Practice of Nursing I," students learn through lectures and discussions from various nursing professionals to think about the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of nursing professionals, to develop a view of nursing, and to consider their own short-term and long-term learning and career plans. In the fourth-year course, Integration and Practice of Nursing II, students will consider and integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for the profession, including nursing ethics and management perspectives, into the content of their studies up to the third year, develop a view of nursing, clarify their own short-term and long-term career plans, and further develop their post-graduate career plans for the next several years. With the aim of considering action plans, students will deepen their knowledge through lectures from experts in nursing ethics, nursing management, and the health care system and economy, as well as examine the role that nursing plays in organizations in collaboration with multiple professions. In addition, in the nursing integration and practical training, students will gain an understanding of the role of the nursing profession in overall hospital functions through comprehensive experience and practice, and based on the knowledge and skills they have already learned, they will reexamine the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of nurses in the field, identify their own issues, and develop a comprehensive nursing practice. The program enhances the ability of the students.
Lectures & Courses
The goal of undergraduate education is to nurture practitioners with comprehensive clinical practice skills based on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for the nursing profession and a view of nursing through four years of study by the students themselves. In two subjects for students in their final year of study, simulation education and practical training are arranged to cultivate comprehensive clinical practice skills based on the knowledge and skills already learned.
In the graduate school education, the goal is to train students to become independent practitioners or educational researchers in the field of disaster nursing or critical care nursing after completion of the program, and to foster individuals with high communication skills and leadership abilities who can play an active role in the international community. To this end, the program emphasizes students' independent study and research efforts, and supports a variety of learning opportunities.
Clinical Services & Other Works
In order to cultivate the ability to respond to various disasters, the program promotes exchanges with Hirosaki University, which is involved in pioneering education and research in radiation exposure medicine, as well as with other universities that make up the Disaster Nursing Consortium. In addition, we actively participate in exchanges of opinions with disaster prevention departments of neighboring municipalities, activities of voluntary disaster prevention organizations in the suburbs of Tokyo Station, and disaster drills.
Regarding the countermeasures for stranded people who we are focusing on, it was adopted as a university proposal project by Tokyo Metropolitan Government in FY2021, and we are conducting a project to support for strengthening of responsiveness of private temporary accommodation facilities in cooperation with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's General Disaster Prevention Department for three years from April of 2022.
2. Critical Care Nursing
We interact with intensive care units and ER centers at university hospitals and collaborate with them on clinical issues.