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In 2022, Nursing Department of the School of Medicine – VNU-HCM was established with the goal of delivering a key part of providing the highly qualified and capable medical staff for the Southern region of Viet Nam.

Nursing is indispensable human resources of healthcare system. As the largest health care workforce, nurses administer their knowledge, skills, and experience to care for the variety of patients’ needs [3].

The development of Nursing as a Profession in Vietnam has more changes. First, particularly the transformation in Nursing education. Prior to the introduction of Bachelor programmes in Higher education in 1995, students became a nurse in just two years with an associate degree in Nursing. The year 2007 saw a shift of development in Nursing training. This resulted in the establishment of Master of Science in Nursing and Nursing Specialist level 1 [2]. The Nursing human resource has been developed and strengthened by three types of qualifications, including associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree and postgraduate’s degree. One of the Ministry of Health’s long-term goals is to construct an adequate qualification framework that ensures a balance between training and application [1]. Additionally, the Vietnam Nursing Association is becoming increasingly effective, followed by the establishment of Vietnam Nursing Journals, the celebration of activities to honour the International Nursing Day, and the development of nursing-related policies.

To achieve the long-term goals, the School of Medicine – Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City (SoM – VNU-HCM) introduced the first Bachelor of Nursing training programme in 2022. The Department of Nursing at the School of Medicine has invested in modern facilities, equipment, and highly qualified lecturers, as well as focuses on the educational philosophy “Student-Centered Learning – Happy Lecturers”. Here, you will get an understanding of Nursing as sciences, arts, and humanities. Teaching methods aim at orienting students to experience patient-centred and evidence-based practice within hospitals and healthcare facilities.

To meet the standard – capacity of Nursing in Vietnam, we ensure that Nursing students who have completed the Nursing programme at the SoM – VNU-HCM possess the highest standards of quality. They will have good political qualities, professional ethics, be equipped with solid knowledge, an active attitude, and the essential skills to work independently, creatively, and be able to conduct profound research in order to have a firm foothold in society and contribute to the care and protection of people’s health. The Nursing programme at SM – VNU HCM is merely the beginning of a professional nursing career. There will be numerous options to improve in your nursing career through short-term and long-term advanced educational programmes, such as MSN, PhD, etc. The future of nursing and healthcare in Viet Nam may require you to become an educator or administrator.

We are delighted to welcome you to the SoM – VNU-HCM and become a part of Health care professionals team in Vietnam.

The meeting between lecturers and students of Nursing Department
on the first day of Academic year at the School of Medicine
Medical students participating in Nursing Skills module at Trung Vuong Hospital (August 2022)
“Student-centred Learning – Happy Lecturers”


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