Pediatric Nursing

Prof. Ikuko Sobue

【Research Keyword】
1.Promoting the optimization of pediatric emergency medical care: Establishing a cooperation model for pediatric emergency medical care systems and child raising support
2.Improvement in child raising support through integrating respite care for disabled children into sick child care
3.Intervention study regarding pain relief among children
4.Support to improve the QOL of pediatric cancer survivors
5.Emotional development of infants and their relationship with their families

【Recent highlights】
As an activity of Hiroshima Prefecture Children’s Healthcare Association , we are promoting children’s health in cooperation with administrative bodies and various professionals involved with children in Hiroshima Prefecture. In addition, with support from sick child care facilities in the prefecture, we are conducting research regarding the requirements for improving sick child care. Thus, in cooperation with many professionals and through various activities, we are constantly making social contributions.

Profiles of Faculty and Research Scholars

Pediatric nursing is a field in which the health and wellbeing of children and their families are comprehensively supported based on the principles of the “Convention on the Rights of the Child”. In this laboratory, the human-environment system is discussed from an ecological viewpoint, and education in pediatric healthcare and nursing is provided based on the results of studies on fundamental medical (e.g., genetics and neuroscience) and psychosocial (e.g., psychology, pedagogy, and sociology) fields. To deepen the understanding of pediatric nursing, necessary knowledge and theories are taught during lectures, necessary techniques are provided during seminars, and such knowledge and techniques are integrated during pediatric nursing practice. In this integration nursing practice, education in continued nursing care and interprofessional cooperation are also provided. In graduation research, the students' goals are to achieve their tasks and learn the basic methods of research.

Pediatric nursing aims to clarify health problems caused by the interaction between the characteristics of children (e.g., genetic factors) and various environmental factors (social and natural environmental factors), develop methods to resolve these problems, and train educators, researchers, and professionals who are able to clarify and resolve such problems. As support for children and their families in a difficult situation, postgraduate students are tackling the health problems of children with cancer, disabled children, infants with a low birth weight, single parents, and their children.

【Photo explanation】 The Second Conference on Public Health and Food Safety in Asia Hiroshima, Japan, March 29-31, 2015