First BS nursing students graduate from Japan program
Students try out the IV simulation station. Pictured from left are Naomi Ito, Akiko Takahashi, Mika Yokoyama, Risa Sato, Reiko Konno, MS, RN (instructor), and Yoshiko Fujibayashi (sitting).
Nine nurses from Saniku Gakuin College, Chiba prefecture, Japan, visited Loma Linda University in February to complete their bachelor’s degree program in nursing.
Five of the nurses have completed all requirements for their BS in nursing and will be graduating this June. The last four nurses will be finishing up required general education courses and will be graduating in June 2008.
“When finished, three students will be working at Tokyo Adventist Hospital, two at Kobe Adventist Hospital, and two will be working as clinical instructors for Saniku Gakuin College,” says Jan Nick, PhD, RNC, associate professor of nursing, Loma Linda University School of Nursing.
According to Dr. Nick, two of the nine students have already articulated plans for a master’s degree in nursing.
The students—Keigo Ito, Fumi Matsumoto, Risa Sato, Mika Yokoyama, Naomi Ito, Yoshiko Fujibayashi, Midori Hamamoto, Hiroko Sato, and Akiko Takahashi—were accompanied by their program coordinator, Reiko Konno, MS, RN. Dr. Nick serves as the program coordinator for LLU.
Saniku Gakuin College currently offers associate’s degrees in nursing and English communication, as well as a community health nursing certificate program. It is the only Adventist college in Japan, and more than two-thirds of the student body are nursing students.
In addition to nursing, the college also offers bachelor’s degrees in theology, education, and Christian studies.
Due to changing hea
Graduates of Loma Linda University School of Nursing’s RN to BS program in Japan pose for a picture in front of Loma Linda University Medical Center. Pictured (front row, from left) are Risa Sato, Mika Yokoyama, Naomi Ito, Akiko Takahashi, Midori Hamamoto, Yoshiko Fujibayashi, (second row, from left) Keigo Ito, Fumi Matsumoto, Hiroko Sato, and Reiko Konno, MS, RN. Also pictured is Jan Nick, PhD, RNC, associate professor of nursing, LLUSN, coordinator of the program in Japan.
lth care needs, and support from the Japan Nurse’s Association, Saniku Gakuin College decided to upgrade its nursing program from associate’s to bachelor’s degree.
“That is why they began conversations with LLU School of Nursing several years ago, asking if we would offer our RN to BS program over in Japan, until such time as they could offer the BS in nursing degree,” says Dr. Nick.
In 2003 and 2004, Saniku president Yoshibumi Takahashi, vice president Isao Ueda, and Yoshiko Otake, chair of the department of nursing, began discussions in earnest with Helen King, PhD, RN, then dean of LLU School of Nursing, and Marilyn Herrmann, PhD, RN, then associate dean of the undergraduate program, now dean. With support from the LLU nursing faculty, the two schools signed a contract in October 2004.
In April 2006, faculty teaching senior level nursing courses began offering a two to three week intensive course at Saniku Gakuin College.
The SGC faculty worked closely with LLU faculty to interpret verbal instruction, grade written assignments, and translate teaching materials. For courses having a clinical component, students would then complete clinical assignments once the LLU faculty left. This rotation was repeated approximately every two months.
In February 2007, the students arrived on the LLU campus to take their last two classes—a final nursing course, and a religion course taught by Randy Roberts, DMin, senior pastor of University Church.
Several LLU School of Nursing faculty have also been involved with the program. These faculty members include Nancy Kofoed, DNSc, RN; Judy Peters, EdD, RNC; Dolores Wright, DNSc, RN; Peggy Burns, DNSc, RN; KC Carrigg, EdD, RN; Dynette Hart, DrPH, RN; and Dr. Nick.
Saniku Gakuin College plans to submit the proposal and application for the BS degree to the Japanese Ministry of Education by this spring.
Included in the proposal are plans for hiring additional faculty to teach the senior level courses, finding additional clinical sites, and constructing additional buildings at the main campus in Chiba, as well as at the Tokyo Adventist Hospital campus.
Notification of approval should come by December 2007, and April 2008 would be the first class of students admitted to the BS degree offered by SGC.
By Dustin R. Jones, MA and Jan Nick, PhD, RNC