School of Nursing


In 1920, PUMC became the first institution to offer higher nursing education in China. In 1996, under the aegis of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, the School of Nursing began offering a Master’s degree in nursing, launching a doctoral program in 2005. With its inspiring motto,“Diligence, Caution, Alertness, and care,” the School of Nursing is highly regarded in the field and is seen as the model for nursing education in China. Among the students who have graduated from the school are outstanding scholars and specialists in the areas of nursing administration, nursing education, clinical nursing, and public health administration. Three graduates are Nightingale Medal winners for their exceptional courage and devotion to victims of armed conflict or natural disaster. The first Nightingale Medal winner in China -- Xiuying Wang -- graduated from the school in 1931.

The reform of nursing education was the impetus behind the building and development of the School of Nursing at PUMC. In 1996, the School was the trial arena for a national education reform project led by the Ministry of Education. The project’s goals were to carry out a systematic and comprehensive reform of China’s graduate-level nursing education, to reorganize curriculum and select teaching content based on a focus on biology, psychology, and sociology, and to explore the possibility of establishing a curriculum specific to nursing education. In 2001, the project was awarded second prize at the National Award for Teaching Achievements and first prize at the Awards for Education and Teaching Achievements in Beijing. In 1999, under the leadership of Ministry of Education, the school undertook a new project, entitled “Research and Practice on Reforming Nursing Professional Teaching Models in the 21st Century,” which focused on research into teaching theory, systems and strategies, teachers, textbooks, and other teaching materials. The project was awarded second prize at the Awards for Education and Teaching Achievements in Beijing in 2004.

The School of Nursing PUMC has an outstanding faculty. Three teachers hold doctoral degrees in nursing and 14 have Master’s degrees in nursing or nursing-related areas of study, accounting for sixty-six percent of the faculty. There are 11 Master’s student advisers. At present, the school has 40 Master’s degree candidates and over 600 undergraduates. It hosts a dozen workshops each year and has trained hundreds of nurses.

The School of Nursing has always maintained deep relationships with prominent universities, including the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in the United States, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and John Hopkins University in the United States. They offer significant assistance in the advanced training of nursing specialists. Every year, the school chooses five to eight teachers to study abroad as visiting scholars and invites 20 to 30 distinguished foreign nursing specialists to give lectures in China.

With a strong legacy accumulated over the past several years, the School of Nursing has retained its character while promoting rigorous scholarship and research, ensuring academic and educational quality. It has contributed significantly to training nursing professionals with both professional proficiency and personal integrity. Oriented as it is to being both small-scale while maintaining high standards, the School of Nursing is poised to become a world-class nursing school in the 21st century, dedicated to public health and the well-being of Chinese society.