Goals of Nursing Education

History

History

The College of Nursing at Yonsei University is celebrating its 115th anniversary, having opened its doors in 1906. As the leading institute in Korea, it has also grown to be an internationally recognized nursing college in the 21st century.
Over its 115 years, Yonsei University College of Nursing has developed into the finest nursing education institution in Korea and is proud to have fostered exceptional individuals who lead the field of nursing globally.
Starting in 1906 as Severance Hospital Training School for Nurses, it was promoted to College of Nursing, becoming a separate and independent college in 1968. Masters and doctoral programs in nursing were initiated in 1963 and 1977, respectively. In 1992, the College of Nursing became the first in Korea to offer an RN-BSN program, continuing up to the present. In 2002, the Graduate School of Nursing Science was established with the aim of fostering professional nurses with expertise in their clinical fields. The College of Nursing has been recognized for such meritorious deeds and has been recognized as the best university with a nursing department in the Korea University Comprehensive Evaluation, surveyed by the Korean Council for University Education.
In 2020, Mo-Im Kim Nursing Research Institute was chosen as a University-Centered Lab of the National Research Foundation of Korea, a first in the field of nursing, and the S-L.E.A.P. Global Nurse Scientist Program was selected for the Ministry of Education BK21 Four Project.
In 2021, the College of Nursing was chosen by the Ministry of Health and Welfare for the Practical Education Support Project of the College of Nursing. Today, it makes the utmost effort to raise the quality of nursing and fulfill its social responsibility of overseeing people’s health.
The College of Nursing will produce top-tier nursing experts as demanded by proactively responding to the needs of a rapidly changing and globalizing 21st century, and will also strive to promote the universal health of humanity.

Goals of Nursing Education

Educational Goals

Yonsei University College of Nursing aims to practice Christian love and service, to respect all humans as holistic beings, and to pursue their well-being by maintaining, promoting, and restoring health.
To realize such goals, the College of Nursing is fully dedicated to producing professional nurses who have not only acquired expertise in nursing knowledge and skills to carry out therapeutic care for clients and to collaborate with other health professionals but who are also capable of fulfilling leadership roles.

Philosophy of Education

Yonsei University College of Nursing is founded on both Yonsei University’s philosophy of the Christian spirit of truth and freedom and Yonsei University Health System’s founding spirits of enlightenment, cooperation, and Christianity.
As an academic field that meets a social need, nursing is a practical science based on the humanities, social science, and natural science.
The field of nursing consists of four concepts: human beings, health, the environment, and nursing activities. Human beings are unique and comprehensive individuals who grow and develop according to their life stages. Health is a state of well-being for optimal functioning that is achieved through balance and harmony in the interaction between humans and the environment. The environment is composed of internal and external factors that affect people’s health, and it is constantly changing. Nursing activities involve the practice of treatment, education, support, and therapeutic management activities, achieved by forming relationships with clients to promote good health.
The goal of nursing is to restore, maintain, and promote the health of individuals, families, groups, and communities so that they can reach an optimum state of well-being.
It is essential that, while building on the values of altruism, autonomy, and social justice, professional nurses think creatively and further their capacities in line with social changes.

Educational Objectives

  • To acquire a comprehensive understanding of the functional health patterns of humans for holistic nursing.
  • To integrate critical thinking and scientific knowledge to solve health problems.
  • To provide therapeutic care to promote each client’s well-being.
  • To form collaborative relationships within the health care team.
  • To establish nursing professionalism based on ethical and legal responsibilities.
  • To develop nursing capabilities to respond actively to changes occurring nationally and internationally.
  • To demonstrate global service leadership based upon a pioneering spirit and Christian love.

Program Outcomes

  • Integrate a wide range of knowledge and skills to solve clients’ health problems.
  • Practice core fundamental nursing skills appropriate to clients’ nursing needs.
  • Apply communication skills to form therapeutic relationships.
  • Practice the nursing process on the basis of critical thinking and scientific knowledge.
  • Explain interdisciplinary activities conducted by field experts involved in solving clients’ health problems.
  • Implement professional nursing standards, a code of ethics, and the relevant laws to nursing situations.
  • Develop nursing leadership in nursing practice settings.
  • Plan and execute nursing research.
  • Analyze changes in national and international health care policies.
  • Practice global service leadership.