The Department of Nursing was established in 1993 to prepare students to become professional nurses in various healthcare institutes with clinical skills in disease prevention, recovery and rehabilitation from illness and promoting the health of individuals, families, groups and communities. As of February 2005, it has generated about 400 graduates who are actively working in Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi areas fulfilling their roles as educators and practitioners. In 1999, the Masters’ program in Nursing was opened at the Inha University Graduate School. In addition, in 2005, the Geriatric and Gerontological Nursing and in 2006, the Home care Nursing programs were established as an effort to educate students in Nurse Specialist Programs. Furthermore, targeting community residents, the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Center by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Namgu Caring Center for Dementia, Incheon (Dolbom House and Hakik Dolbom House) operate in conjunction with the nursing program as projects to apply social service and nursing theories and conduct research.
The Mission of the Department of Nursing is to prepare professional nurses to maintain and promote health of individuals, families, groups and communities by establishing therapeutic relationships with them, aid in the recovery from illness, and help in maintaining and enhancing optimal health conditions through education based on ethical values of human respect and humanitarianism, acquisition of scientific knowledge and expertise, and “benevolence-oriented” character education.
- Acquiring scientific knowledge and research methodologies and applying them in clinical settings, while learning and implementing sophisticated nursing techniques
- Developing ethical values based on respect for human life and character, thereby providing a framework for professional conduct
- Developing a holistic approach toward human beings, health, environment and nursing, and understanding patient-centered nursing based on practicing “benevolence”
- Enhancing therapeutic communication skills in order to provide nursing based on the particular needs of individuals, families and communities and their health issues
- Applying critical thinking in order to maintain and improve the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities
- Developing awareness of and response techniques for societal demands and changes to the health management system with cooperative and leadership skills.
During the first year, basic courses, namely General Courses and Introduction to Nursing Science, prepare students for the second year when they take basic nursing courses which cover Anatomy/Physiology, Patho-physiology and Microbiology, Basic Nursing Science and Physical Assessment. During the third and fourth years, study of Nursing Science becomes more intensive with focus on adults, children, maternity, psychology, geriatrics and communities . During that period students also develop clinical skills with on-site practice in health-related institutes such as health management centers on industrial sites, clinics, elderly care centers, and hospice centers as well as in hospitals.
Vision after Graduation
Graduates may choose to become clinical nurses, midwives, nurse anesthetists, or public health nurses in primary, middle and high schools. It is also possible for them to serve as nurses in companies, banks and air carriers or as Community Health Practitioners (CHP) who are in charge of public healthcare. Alternate options include pursuit of administrative roles as public servants involved in national healthcare policies or academic advancement through entry in public health-related graduate schools. By completing professional nursing courses equivalent to masters’ courses after graduation, they may also become professional nurses in various fields including mental health, home health service, geriatric service, hospices and occupational health service.