Capital Medical University School of Nursing
IMIA Academic Representative
& IMIA NI Institutional Representative:
Dr. Ying Wu
Capital Medical University (CMU) School of Nursing was initially founded as Beijing Second Medical College Department of Nursing in 1961. It was the only school in China that offered higher nursing education at that time. Xiuying Wang, the first Winner of Nightingale Medal among Chinese Nurses and the former Honorary President of Chinese Nursing Association, served as the first Director.
In 1990, CMU restarted its higher nursing education and the undergraduate nursing education was started in 2000. With the expansion of educational levels and student enrollment scale to fit the ever changing healthcare needs of the society, the CMU School of Nursing was established in 2002. The master’s degree, PhD, and the post-doctoral research training programs were initiated in 2005, 2010, and 2012, respectively, which made CMU School of Nursing one of the first Nursing Schools authorized to grant PhD Degree and offer post-doctoral training in Nursing as the First-Level Discipline. There are five tracks of graduate education at both Master’s degree level and PhD level. They are Clinical (specialist) Nursing (including community nursing), Nursing Education, Nursing Management, Nursing Humanities and Nursing Informatics. Our graduate education program was ranked No 3 nationwide in 2017.
In 2007, led by Dean Wu, the School of Nursing was recognized as the “Educational program with Special Features” at National level and again in 2008 as a key discipline at Beijing Municipal level. CMU School of Nursing was nationwide by the Ministry of Education. The School has been ranked as the “Top-one Educational Program” by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Education and high-level talent educational center of “Belt and road” countries in 2017.
Currently, CMU School of Nursing has 20 affiliated hospitals, 12 teaching hospitals, and a state of the art Nursing Simulation Center. To better integrate nursing resources from the academic sector and clinical sector and improve the quality of nursing education, research, and nursing services, CMU School of Nursing created a unique school-running model named as “One-School with Multi-Clinical Teaching Centers and One Clinical Nursing College”. Currently, there are more than 4000 students enrolled in the nursing programs at all levels, and thousands of well-prepared nursing graduates have been produced, working in and welcomed by healthcare institutes all over the country. Many nursing specialties in our affiliated hospitals have been ranked as top five nationwide, some are ranked top-one or top-two, and six nursing specialties were identified as the key specialties nationwide.
In terms of nursing research, besides conducting clinical and population studies, CMU School of Nursing established the first nursing experimental laboratory in China to conduct basic nursing studies. Research findings have been reported at various well-known international conferences. Over the past five years, CMU School of Nursing has made great progress in nursing scientific research. It is the first nursing school in China to receive research grants from the Natural Science Foundation of China of both “General Research Project” and “International Cooperative Research Project” with the research funding of nearly two million RMB. With a total of 139 funded research projects at national and provincial levels, 6 grants were received from the Natural Science Foundation of China；a cumulative of 34.98 million RMB were available for research activities conducted by the research team at the CMU School of Nursing over the years. Up till now, there are a total of 1,951 published research papers, including 54 published in Science Citation Indexed journals with a total of 269 citations within the last five years. Meanwhile, with the accomplishments we have made over the years, CMU School of Nursing has acquired 3 patents and one software copyright titled to CMU School of Nursing, and earned 5 Provincial science and technology achievement awards. In addition, the acute and continuous Cardiopulmonary and Intelligence Care Research Team was recognized as the Scientific Innovation Research Team by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Education, and won the First prize in 2011 and Third prize in 2013 for the Scientific and Technology Achievements Award from the Chinese Nursing Association.
The focused research areas at CMU School of Nursing include acute and continuous care of patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, quality improvement & performance measurement, nursing informatics, competency based nursing education, psychological adaptation and psychological care for patients with breast cancer, care of patients with mild cognitive disorders across the care continuum, smart and integrated care for elderly.
CMU School of Nursing has been proactively participating in events related to medical informatics. The Dean of CMU School of Nursing, Professor Ying Wu re-created the Professional Committee of Nursing Informatics under China Medical Informatics Association (CMIA-NI) in 2012. CMIA-NI is headquartered within the CMU School of Nursing. As recommended by CMIA, Professor Ying Wu served as the President of the Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics (APAMI) and the regional Vice President for International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) for the term of 2012-2014. These initiatives and leadership roles had provided great opportunities in fostering the growth of nursing informatics in China and gained recognition both domestically and internationally over the past six years. With efforts made by the team members at CMU School of Nursing, dissemination of achievements made by Chinese nurses were encouraged. During the NI 2016 Conference, submissions from China were ranks as No 5 and 24.5% of submissions were from China for NI 2018 Conference. The number of participants from China for both events were ranked as No 6 and No 3, respectively.
The CMU School of Nursing encourages international exchanges and collaborations with renowned institutions worldwide, such as universities from the United States, Australia, Japan, and the United Kingdom. The extensive international partnerships and collaborations have facilitated the improvement of nursing educational and the globalization of CMU School of Nursing.