The School of Nursing of National Taiwan University was inaugurated in 1956. Master's degree program was started in 1984. The first Ph.D. nursing program in Taiwan was established at the School in 1997. To enable students to carry out their nursing responsibilities and to contribute to the upgrading of the nursing profession, the undergraduate program emphasizes the application of theoretical knowledge and clinical practice. The Master's degree program focuses on theoretical study and its practical application to develop clinical nurse specialists and nursing leaders. The doctorate program prepares scientists of advanced nursing knowledge, practice and education, through research and scholarly activity, creating multidisciplinary and international leaders in the nursing field.
The characteristics of the
School of Nursing include:
- An excellent learning environment: In the
School of Nursing, all students learn under the instruction of highly qualified faculty members. They also have a chance to practice clinical nursing in national teaching hospitals and community health centers. In addition to the courses required by the school, students are encouraged to take the elective courses offered by various departments in the University in order to broaden their minds. The School of Nursing not only values students' professional knowledge, but also their extracurricular social activities.
- The integration of teaching, research and clinical services: Besides teaching in the academy, the faculty members also hold current administrative or clinical positions (joint appointments) at the National Taiwan University Hospital as a means of integrating academic study and clinical practice. As a result of the joint appointment system, clinical practice is improved through research, which in turn enriches the faculty's academic research. Research and clinical practice are thus integrated into the nursing curriculum simultaneously.
- The commitment of the nursing profession to society: The
School of Nursing was entrusted by the Health Department of the Executive Yuan, from 1990 to 2000, to sponsor a Nation Continuing Nursing Education Center (NCNEC) to provide on-the-job training to nurses nationwide to help keep them abreast of professional knowledge and skills. In addition, faculty members are actively engaged in nursing professional societies, taking leading roles as presidents, members of boards of directors, controllers, and professional committee members.
- Collaboration with foreign universities: The
School of Nursing has started an overseas Ph.D. study program. It also has academic collaboration with the School of Nursing at the University of Washington in USA, the Department of Nursing at Mahidol University in Thailand, The Nethersole School of Nursing at the Chinese University in Hong Kong, the University of California in USA and the Kochi University in Japan, through collaboration contracts.
We have qualified faculty members with advanced academic performance and clinical competence to provide substantial guidance in theory, research and clinical practice to students. The research focus of the faculty is not only to explore psychosocial issues, but also to expand biophysical measures. The research interests of the faculty include the fields of: adult care, gerontology, maternity, children, community and psychiatry. The research grant funded and productivity according to number of academic papers published for the faculty was increasing, especially with an increasing number of papers published in international SCI or SSCI journals.
The development aims of the
School of Nursing are to recruit new Ph.D.s as faculty members, to cultivate more professional leaders with advanced knowledge and skills, and to be the top college of nursing integrating nursing practice, administration, education and research to attain a new millennium in nursing.