The nursing education in Dalian Medical University has a long history of more than 70 years. Its predecessor was the Nursing School, an earlier normal nursing school founded by the Communist Party. It was relying on the municipal Hospital of Dalian, which was established on the basis of the Japanese “Sheng Ai Hospital” after it was taken over by Dalian City Health Bureau in 1945 for the purpose of training professional nursing talents in China. The nursing school of Dalian municipal hospital merged into the Kanto hospital and renamed Kanto nursing school in 1947. Subsequently in 1949, Kanto nursing school again merged into the newly established Dalian University and it was renamed the Kanto Hospital Affiliated Nursing School of Dalian University. With the independence of Dalian Medical College in 1950, it changed its name to Affiliated Health School of Dalian Medical College. Later in 1994, it was renamed to Affiliated Health School of Dalian Medical University after Dalian Medical College changed its name to Dalian Medical University. The University formally established the school of nursing and added a new five-year undergraduate degree in May 2001. Later in November, the university added three levels of nursing undergraduate courses, including two-year Adult Higher Diploma in Nursing (full-time), three-year junior college to bachelor courses (evening school) and five-year Adult Higher Diploma in Nursing to bachelor degree (full-time). The length of courses changed from five years to four years in 2004 in order to adapt to the development of nursing specialty. The nursing school obtained a master’s degree awarding qualification in 2006 thanks to the rapid development of the course construction. The nursing school began to recruit second batches of undergraduate students of nursing specialty in 2009. The nursing school obtained the first tier of master’s degree awarding qualification in 2011, and in the same year participated and passed the undergraduate nursing professional certification of the national Ministry of Education as well as the first batch qualification of national key clinical specialists. In September 5 2012 the nursing department combined with its Affiliated Health School and formed School of Nursing. The School was approved the authorized professional master degree in February 2014. It began to recruit master of nursing professional degree since 2015 and to train senior nursing professionals. Our School of Nursing has formed the framework of both nursing personnel training and school building of multi-levels ranging from junior college, diploma, bachelors and masters over the 70 years of development.
School of Nursing continues to integrate resources, build platforms to improve teaching and scientific research as well as quality of personnel training, and shore up subjects construction bases bearing our faculty motto of “people-oriented, innovative development” in mind. We have 16 full-time teachers including 7 associate professors, 2 of whom have doctor’s degree, one postdoctoral teacher and the rest having master’s degree. We have 121 clinical teachers, including 8 professors, 39 associate professors, 11 of whom postgraduate supervisors. According to teachers’ research direction and professional expertise, School of Nursing constantly creates academic innovation team consistent with the academic direction. We have completed the transition of teachers from the type of “teaching” to “teaching research”. We have six discipline-developing fields including tumor psychological nursing, pain nursing, community elderly care, disaster nursing, mental nursing and neurological diseases nursing. We have 16 provincial teaching reform projects and 33 school teaching reform projects. We were awarded three first prizes in provincial teaching reform and one first prize in school teaching reform. More than 30 teaching papers were published. Our teachers have published 14 textbooks as chief editor, 16 textbooks as deputy editor, 52 textbooks as editor and 12 monographs. We have been approved with 12 provincial scientific research projects and 35 municipal scientific research projects. We published 150 SCI research papers. We won a first prize of Science and Technology Progress Award in Liaoning province and a first prize of Natural Science Academic Achievement in Liaoning province in 2013. We were also awarded one item of National Natural Science Fund as the second applicant in 2014 and an overseas cooperation research project.
Our school has carried out extensive international exchanges and cooperation programs. We have established a long-term teaching and research cooperation with the research institutions in the United States, Japan, Thailand, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and Macao regions. The teachers and students exchange project with School of Nursing from Chulalongkorn University provided a good platform for exchanges and cooperation between our teachers and students. We are expanding our scope of influence and the academic reputation in international nursing profession through the development of international exchanges. School of Nursing was ranked four-star in China according to the 2014 Greater China University Discipline and Specialty Rankings published by China Alumni Network. We have also been approved to join the China Association of Higher Nursing Education in 2014.