Message from the President


    Minako Morita

Working from the Fundamental Principle of Humanity

Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing has made the Red Cross’s fundamental principle of humanity its educational ideal. Over the course of their lives, people may suffer if they experience illness, disabilities, disasters, and other such occurrences. To the Red Cross, to constantly strive to ameliorate suffering and safeguard humanity in all circumstances is the very principle of humanity. Based on this principle, Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing adopts a global perspective as it seeks to develop nursing professionals rich in humanity and able to contribute to people’s health and happiness.

The College’s long history extends back to 1890 (Meiji Era 23), when Japanese Red Cross Society began training nurses. It has been roughly 130 years since Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing began providing education and over 30 years since the College opened. Today, the birthrate is declining, the elderly population is growing, and science and technology have advanced. In keeping, I believe that now is the time when both the Red Cross’s principles, which respect human life and the humanity of every person, and nursing education based on them will become increasingly important. Adopting Red Cross principles in every situation from disasters to acute care and regional care and setting our sights far abroad, we value nurses who pursue humanity and seek to develop nursing professionals who can put such care into practice. Moreover, with society changing substantially, it will strongly require the development of nursing knowledge and practice that is based on it.

The Faculty of Nursing aims to cultivate an attitude and orientation to learning and exploring nursing, and to develop professionals who can practice nursing based on Red Cross principles.

The Graduate School Master’s Program in Nursing features courses in ten specialized fields. A variety of courses are available, including the Certified Nurse Specialist (CNS) course, which makes participants eligible for CNS certification; a course for aspiring educators and researchers; an elective course in international health care and midwifery, through which participants can be qualified as midwives; and a five-year integrated doctoral program and disaster nursing elective for aspiring international and disaster experts: the Disaster Nursing Global Leader Program (DNGL). In addition, courses for postdoctoral programs are being prepared to produce a knowledge of nursing and to continue improving the abilities of nurse educators and researchers.

The College provides educational environments in which students can continue learning as nursing professionals at any time, through undergraduate and postgraduate education. We seek to make the College a place where students, as nursing professionals, can explore a knowledge of nursing throughout their lives and share their joy in mastery as they interact with teachers and classmates.

At Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing, “Cherish Each Person” is our educational motto. Everyone is unique, with their own qualities and individuality. We support students in discovering and developing their natures as they come to truly understand one another’s uniqueness.

With this educational policy, Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing seeks to develop nursing professionals who are rich in humanity, with the freedom to develop and actualize themselves.

In response to environmental changes and society’s demands, we will strive, as a nursing college able to contribute to society, to develop researchers, educators, and nursing professionals who can act in a wide range of fields. In the free and relaxed atmosphere of the College, faculty and staff will be working together to make history in the near future.