OKUBO Nobuko

Faculty & Position:Fundamentals of Nursing/ Biobehavioral Nursing   associate professor
Contact:nobu-okubo[at]slcn.ac.jp convert [at] to @
Last Updated: Oct. 25, 2019 at 05:08

Researcher Profile & Settings


  • Master (Nursing)


    Fundamentals of Nursing


  • 2000St. Luke's College of Nursing Graduate School, Division of Nursing
  • 1998St. Luke's College of Nursing Faculty of Nursing

Association Memberships



  • 修士(看護学)
  • 博士(看護学)

Research Activities

Research Areas

  • Nursing / Clinical nursing
  • Nursing / Fundamental nursing
  • Nursing / Fundamental nursing

Research Interests

    , persistent vegetative state , brain injury , stroke , amblation up , nursing techniques

Published Papers

  • The Effects of clinical nurse specialist interventions for secondary stroke prevention: a systematic and narrative review
    Maki FUJII, Nobuko OKUBO
    Journal of Japanese Academy of Neuroscience Nursing 5(2) 57-70 Jul. 2019 [Refereed]
  • Literature Review:Complex Feelings of Patients with Acute Aphasia
     4(2) 57-65 Apr. 2018 [Refereed]
  • The Integration of "Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body","Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body:Practicum",and "Health Assessment" in Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program:Second Report How the Class is Conducted
    OKUBO Nobuko
     Vol.4 Mar. 2018
  • State of the "Service-Learning Course" at St.Luke's International University
    OKUBO Nobuko
     Vol.4 85-90 Mar. 2018
  • Teaching Method for "Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body" and "Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body:Practicum" Employing Nursing Framework,and its Spread
    OKUBO Nobuko
     Vol.4 42-46 Mar. 2018
  • Characteristics and Outcomes of Study Abroad Programs at St. Luke's International University-Students' Learning and Growth-
    OKUBO Nobuko
     Vol.4 18-23 Mar. 2018
  • The Integration of "Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body","Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body:Practicum",and "Health Assessment" in Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program:First Report Outline of the Subject
    OKUBO Nobuko
     Vol.4 103-108 Mar. 2018
  • Diffusion Process of Evidence Based Innovative Nursing Care Considered From Case Study of "Sitting Without Back Support NursingCare Program"
    Kyoko Sasaki, Nobuko Okubo, Kazuyo Suzuki
    Japanese Journal of Nursing Art and Science 15(3) 265-275 Jan. 2017 [Refereed]
  • A Literature and Syllabus Review of Anatomy and Physiology Studies in Basic Nursing Education
    OKUBO Nobuko
     15(2) 163-171 Aug. 2016
  • Clinical diffusion process of evidence-based nursing care:Discussion of sitting position without back support care program based on Rogers' theory
    Nobuko OKUBO,Kyoko SASAKI,Kazuyo SUZUKI,Kayoko TAKAHASHI
    Journal of Japanese Academy of Neuroscience Nursing VOL.3(No.2) 49-58 Jun. 2016 [Refereed]
  • Aromatherapy Research Trends & Issues in Nursing-A Review of Literature from 2009 to 2014-
    TAKAYANAGI Haruki, OKUBO Nobuko
    Bulletin of St.Luke's International University Vol.2 10-10 Mar. 2016
  • Effectiveness of the Sitting Position Without Back Support
    Nobuko OKUBO
    Australasian Journal of Neuroscience Volume 25(No.1) 31-39 May 2015 [Refereed]
  • Effectiveness of the “Elevated Position” Nursing Care Program in promoting the reconditioning of patients with acute cerebrovascular disease
    Nobuko OKUBO
    Japan Journal of Nursing Science 2012 [Refereed]
  • Sitting Without Back Support Position for Prolonged Consciousnes DISturbance Patients: An Intervention Program Case Study
    Nobuko Okubo
    Journal of Neuroscience Nursing 43(3) 13-27 Jun. 2011 [Refereed]
  • Effect on Autonomic Nervous System Activities of Aided and Unaided Support of the Neck in the Sitting with Back Support Position
    Japan Journal of Nursing Science 2(1) 33-40 2005 [Refereed]

Books etc

  • The Human Body in Health and IIIness
    OKUBO Nobuko
      Dec. 2017
  • A case of a persistent vegetative state showing remarkable improvement in consciousness : An analysis from the point of view of daily activities

Conference Activities & Talks

  • Severe Disorder of Consciousness:Case Study of a Patient-Centered Care
    OHTSUBO Kenji ,OKUBO Nobuko
    2018 Yonsei International Nursing Conference Shaping the Future of Nursing:Pathway to Serve the Public and Nursing Profession Nov. 2018
  • Comparative Investigation of Bedside Swallowing Screening Tools in Japan and Other Countries
    SUGIYAMA Rie ,OKUBO Nobuko
    2018 Yonsei International Nursing Conference Shaping the Future of Nursing:Pathway to Serve the Public and Nursing Profession Nov. 2018
  • Current State of and Issues in Nursing Care for Stroke Patients with Unilateral Spatial Neglect :Literature Review
    NAKAMURA Rie, OKUBO Nobuko
     Nov. 2018
  • The Sitting Position without Back Support
    OKUBO Nobuko
     Jan. 2018 [Invited]
  • Nobuko Okubo、Namiko Karube etal
    OKUBO Nobuko
    Literature Review; Complex Feelings of Patients with Acute Aphasia, 12th Quadrennial Congress in Opatija, Croatia. 2017 World Federation Neuroscience Nurses 12th Quadrennial Congress
  • Symposium
    on000478 Nov. 2015 [Invited]
  • Express Hope and Taste for Graduates
    OKUBO Nobuko
    on000478 Oct. 2015 [Invited]
  • Developments of the “Elevated Position” Nursing Care Program for stroke patients
    Nobuko OKUBO
    on000478 Jul. 2015 [Invited]
  • Evidence-based Nursing Practices for Stroke Patients: The outcomes and diffusion of a care program using a sitting position without back support
    OKUBO Nobuko
    nonchan31jp Mar. 2015 [Invited]
  • Evidence-based Nursing Practices : The outcomes and diffusion of a care program using a sitting position without back support
    OKUBO Nobuko
    nonchan31jp Mar. 2015 [Invited]
  • Keynote
    Nobuko Okubo
     Nov. 2014 [Invited]
  • Keynote
    OKUBO Nobuko
     Aug. 2014 [Invited]
  • Synposium
     Dec. 2012 [Invited]
  • Effectiveness of the 'Sitting Position Without Back Support' in Promoting the Reconditioning of Patients with Acute Cerebrovascular Disease
    Nobuko Okubo
  • Brain-machine interface(BMI)-A novel neurotechnology to translate thoughts into action to help paralyzed patients
    Nobuko Okubo
     Sep. 2013 [Invited]
  • The Development and Importance of Advance Practice Nursing in Neuroscience Nursing
    OKUBO Nobuko
     Jun. 2013
  • Dysphagia Screening A Japanese Model of Nursing Care BNI2012
    Nobuko Okubo
  • Synmposium
     Aug. 2012 [Invited]
  • seminar
     Dec. 2011 [Invited]
  • Synposium
     Sep. 2011 [Invited]
  • Developing an International Dysphagia Screening for Acute Stroke Patients
    Prendergast Virginia, Okubo Nobuko
    The 9th Quadrennial congress of the European Association of Neuroscience Nurses May 2011
  • Stroke Nursing Care in Acute to Recovery Phase
    OKUBO Nobuko
    on000478 Feb. 2016 [Invited]


  • Nursing Neurosurgery Session Stroke Nursing Care
    Chair OKUBO Nobuko
     Oct. 2017 [Refereed]
  • Literature Review; Complex Feelings of Patients with Acute Aphasia,
    OKUBO NobukoンNamiko Karube etal
    World Federation Neuroscience Nurses12th Quadrennial Congress  2017
  • The Japanese Journal of Nursing Research
    Nobuko Okubo
    Process to Intervention Study:Sitting Position Without Back Support Care and Aromatherapy 49(5) May 2016
  • session
    OKUBO Nobuko
    St.Luke's Academia 45-45 Jan. 2016
  • session
    on000478 Oct. 2015
  • oral session
    on000478 Oct. 2015
  • Record of a Nine-year Student Exchange Program between St. Luke’s College of Nursing and Villanova University College of Nursing
    (38) 71-75 Mar. 2012 [Refereed]
    〔Abstract〕 Student exchange programs between St. Luke’s College of Nursing in Tokyo, Japan and VillanovaUniversity College of Nursing in Pennsylvania, United States were held eight times from 2002 to 2010.Program participants were obliged to be a part of the future development of St. Luke’s Medical Center,which consists of St. Luke’s International Hospital and St. Luke’s College of Nursing. They were alsoexpected to understand the historical relationship between the Episcopal Church in the United States and St.Luke’s Medical Center, and to become bridges between Japan and the U.S. Four Japanese students and four U.S.students joined the exchange program alternately with the financial and operative support of the AmericanCouncil. This exchange program provided the participants from St. Luke’s College of Nursing with opportunitiesto observe the excellent nursing care practices in the U.S. as well as to recognize the positive aspects ofnursing in Japan through the comparison of nursing practices in the two countries. By drawing on thefeedback received from students who participated in the exchange program, it is hoped that St. Luke’sCollege of Nursing wi
  • A Study on the Development of Computer Based Testing(CBT) for a Common Achievement Test for Nursing Colleges in Order to Maintain Students’ Competency for Practical Nursing - With Emphasis on Item Creation and Statistical Analysis of Pilot Testing -
    (38) 1-9 Mar. 2012
    〔Abstract〕 With the rapid increase of the number of nursing universities in Japan, the importance of evaluating thelevel of practical nursing ability required by graduation is increasing. Therefore, it is of urgent importance to develop a common achievement test available to nursinguniversities throughout Japan to evaluate the level of competency and knowledge required for a nursingstudent to begin clinical practice in hospitals or health facilities. For the purpose of developing such a test, 1,120 multiple choice items were made from the 18 nursingdomains, which are divided into the three areas: basic medicine, basic nursing and clinical nursing. Then pilot testing was conducted in both paper-based and computer-based forms with the 730 students and220 students respectively. The total of the alpha reliability of the three areas turned out to be high. Therefore the usefulness of the computer-based examination was confirmed in comparison with the paperbasedtest.
  • The Usefulness of‘ How to Learn’ Teaching Materials for Reducing New Nursing Students’ Learning-related Difficulties 
     15(2) 9-15 Jul. 2011
    Summary :Previous research indicated that nursing students, in the introductory period of their nursing studies, facedlearning related difficulties, specifically :“insufficient understanding of course priorities”;“confusion related toinexperienced learning style for group discussion” and“ no skills for writing a report”. To reduce their difficulties,the fundamental nursing faculty gave them a detailed explanation of :(1)the purpose of each class and therelationship among classes using concept map ;(2)how to manage a group discussion and(3)how to write a report,both of which were in manual format.The aim of this research was identify the students’ usefulness of these teaching materials. Focus group interviewswere conducted ; groups consisted of nursing college students who had used these teaching materials. Theywere interviewed about difficulties in their first year at college and the collected data were analyzed by creatingcategories.The result showed that using a concept map encouraged understanding of course priorities. Also, manuals wereuseful learning materials as a resource for conducting group discussion and report writing. Educators need
  • Student Affairs Section FY2010 Activity Report: The Third Year Approach for Suitable Learning Environment.
    (37) 47-52 Mar. 2011
    In 2008,the Student Affiirs Division of St. Luke's College of Nursing launched an initiativefor acquiring appropriate communication skills and basic manners so that students caneffectively fulfill this institution's educational objectives and benefit from awell-rounded campus life. It is three years since students started the activitiesunder the slogan of “Establishing a suitable learning environment“. In 2010,they continued to carry on these activities, making a valuation of what they did forthese three years. The actual activities in this year were: promotion of exchangegreetings, implementation of public relations at the school festival,campaign for collecting plastic bottle caps. The feedback on the aboveactivities from their peers and teachers showed the expansion of good manner awareness.However, some bad manners were still pointed out, and the activities to promotegood manners needed to be continued. In order to further promote and appreciatethese activities, faculty staff could show support for such studentinitiatives, cooperating closely with other relating committee members.
  • A Review of Difficulties Encountered by New Nursing Students
     15(1) 9-16 Feb. 2011
    This study was carried out to clarify the difficulties faced by new students starting a curriculum of nursingscience offered at a nursing college. The research design utilized exploratory factor analysis. A group interviewregarding difficulties was conducted while an observer surveyed the reactions of the interviewees in accordancewith an observation guide. Analysis was conducted by categorizing the research data, deriving subcategories andcategories, and then calculating data sets to extract the degree of difficulties encountered.As a result, 5 categories of difficulties were derived, listed as follows in order from the most data gatheredto the least: “different learning style,” “new environment,” “insufficient understanding of course priorities,”“inconvenience of learning resources,” and “difference in desire and motivation to study nursing science.”These difficulties can be surmised to stem from the state of Japan’s secondary school/university education andgenerational characteristics. There is a need to develop a beginning nursing program based on those factors in thefuture.
  • A Survey on the Experience of Daily Life Activities of the Freshman of the Nursing Colleges and Universities in Japan
     15(1) 27-34 Feb. 2011
    The aim of this research was to identify the experiences of daily life activities of freshmen in nursing schools.This has implications for what and how we teach in our nursing courses.The questionnaire survey was distributed to 6,618 nursing students of 79 colleges and universities across Japan.Data were collected November 2007 to January 2008. The questionnaire queried students about their experiences ofdaily life activities as freshman nursing students. Human subjects protection protocol was strictly followed, e.g.all data were kept anonymous and confidential. The college research ethics committee approved the survey andresearch process.Collected questionnaires were 4,601 (69.5 %), and 4,597 were valid. The majority, 90 % , was female; 93 % hadbrothers or sisters (M=1.5); 39% lived with their grandparents and 48% moved from their homes to attend nursingschool. Half of the students had cared for older people (54%) and sick people (56%), and 33% of them had changedbaby's diaper. Regarding meals, 79% of them did not use the traditional tray, and half of them did not wash theirhands before eating. Regarding housework, they had
  • Student Affairs Section FY2009 Activity Report: The Second Year Approach for a Suitable Learning Environment.
    (36) 32-37 Mar. 2010 [Refereed]
  • The Effectiveness of CBPR in The Process of “Knowing Our Body” Project ―Focusing on The Coalition of People―
     13(2) 45-52 Jul. 2009 [Refereed]
    The educational program for children has been developed in order to foster people to be active for their ownhealth. This project was one of St. Luke’s College of Nursing 21st Century COE Program for last 5 years. Thiswhole program aimed to the People-Centered Care. We discussed our process of developing and implementingthe educational program through the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methods focusing on thecoalition that shows how people get together to the common concerns. Our project had started with the core groupof faculties in the nursing college, and expanded to community people through the network. On this expandingprocess, the project could get the regular meetings, the meeting records, the mailing list, and the financial support.This organized project could have contacts with the local communities, several kindergartens, and community people.At the same time several small groups had been organized in our project to implement our program in severalcommunities, and to evaluate the program. The project members shared each role and got responsibility. Thebalance of empowerment and competence between each community and us had moved from the imb
  • The Evaluation of Health Education Picture Books for Pre-school Children
     13(2) 37-44 Jul. 2009 [Refereed]
    Background:Though body knowledge is not common knowledge in present society, it is necessary for people tomanage health information about their body once they have been diagnosed with a disease. So it is important toconduct health education from an early age. But little is evaluated about health education materials for pre-schoolchildren. In this paper we present the evaluation of health education picture books which are made up of 7 humanbody systems.Methods:Self-reported questionnaires were distributed to 91 parents via the Internet from Nov. 2007 to Mar. 2008.We used the following variables: demographic, degree of knowledge about contents of the picture books, level ofamusement, understandability.Results:The study sample consisted ofall women, and most of them were in their 30’s. The book that was readmost frequently in the study was the book about the digestive system with 95.7% of the sample reading that book.Evaluations of the “digestive system” picture book by children were: “Know all of the contents” was 6.3%; “Veryinteresting” was 64.0%; and “Easy to understand” was 90.8%. Evaluations of the “musculoskeletal system” picturebook by chil
  • Evaluation of the Integrated Nursing Practice ‘Team Challenge’ : Bridging The Gap of Theory and Practice
     13(2) 71-78 Jul. 2009 [Refereed]
  • The Effects of Knowing Our Body Program for Pre-Schoolers
    Okubo N, Goto K, Setoyama Y, Indoh K, Matsutani M, Tashiro J, Hishinuma M, Sakyo Y, Shiraki K, ,Nakayama H, Yasugahira N, Muramatsu J
    The First Asia-Pacific Conference on Health Promotion and Education Jul. 2009
  • 5 - 6 Year-old Children’s Knowledge of Their Body
     13(1) 1-7 Mar. 2009 [Refereed]
    The gorl of this research project’s aim is to have people have knowledge of the body and take initiative in their own healthcare. According to our preceding research, the best time to educate about the body is just before school age, at about 5 - 6year-old. So we are developing teaching materials, in order to help children’s understanding about the body.This paper is a research report about how much 5 - 6year-old children know about the body.In order to develop suitable educational materials, we asked parents to use a question guide to ascertain the child’s knowledge of the body. We obtained 28 responses (51.0 % response rate) 14 about boys and 14 about girls. The children were from 5 years, 0 months to 6 years, 3 months;the average age of both boys and girls was 5 years, 7 months.Our results showed that most children had some knowledge. All children could point to their body parts as they were named head, face, neck, abdomen, back, hip, leg, eye, nose, ear, mouth, and cheek. All children could name neck, abdomen, hip, eye, ear and cheek when the parents asked by pointing out the parts on the child’s body. More than 90 % of the
  • Student Affairs Section FY2008 Activity Report: Striving for a Suitable Learning Environment.
    (35) 110-117 Mar. 2009
  • Aromatherapy Research in Nursing and Its Present State.
    (35) 17-27 Mar. 2009
  • The evaluation of the picture books for 5-6 year-olds from the citizens.
     12(2) 73-79 Jul. 2008 [Refereed]
    There is a need for the average citizen to have independent knowledge of health and medical matters. We considerthat the fundamental information concerning health means knowledge about the human body. During 5-year project,we have designed picture books of 7 human body systems. At the chance to teach local citizens with 5 of thesebooks, the study was conducted to evaluate our books. Samples are 35 who are between 30 and 80 years old. Abouttwo-thirds of them are between 50 and 70 years old and three-quarters of them are female. About the content ofpicture books, the questionnaire was introduced at the end of each class. About 60-80 % of samples showed that thepicture books had some parts which they didn’t know. This result pointed that the diffusion of knowledge about thehuman body is necessary for not only children but also their parents and the average citizen. We got the positiveanswer for using these books for children education.Their answers are categorized into 4 groups: “good to knowthe body”,“ suitable to children’s character” ,“ want to tell the content of books” ,“ excellence of books” . From thisstudy, we got impression that knowing t
  • Knowing our body:Evaluating teaching materials developed for preschoolers.
     12(2) 65-72 Jul. 2008 [Refereed]
    Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine the usefulness of teaching materials about the human bodydeveloped for children at preschools and kindergartens.Method: The targets were 599 five to six-year-old children from 19 preschools or kindergartens, and 93 parentsand teachers. The materials consisted of seven picture-story shows, each of which explained a system of thehuman body (digestive, circulatory, respiratory, musculoskeletal, nervous, urinary, and reproductive system), and aT-shirt depicting organs. Either a teacher or a participating researcher selected which system to introduce in eachpreschool/kindergarten. Data were collected through a survey of target attributes, material type, intended purpose,extent the purpose was fulfilled, implementation time, target and participant reaction, and the impressions of thosewho presented the materials. Analysis was carried out using the statistical software SPSS 15.0J and categorization.Results: The survey collection rate was 100% and the response rate for each survey item was 30-100% . The targetsconsisted of 193 males, 278 females, and 128 whose sex is unknown. Over 80% of the parents were m
  • Daily life experience of freshmen at a Nursing college.
     12(2) 25-32 Jul. 2008 [Refereed]
    Purpose: Recently, focus has been put on daily life experience of nursing students and how it might support theirlearning. However, there are few studies on nursing students’daily life experience in relation to readiness for nursing.The purpose of this study was to investigate daily life experience and actual behaviors of freshmen at a nursingcollege and to discuss their characteristics and factors affecting their daily life experience.Methods: Thirty-one first year students (freshmen) responded to a 33-item questionnaire about their behaviorsin everyday life that might be relevant to nursing and then carried out one of the two practical tasks: A) “wash atowel and hang dry” or B)“ clean up the area around the desk.” Actual behaviors during the task were observed andrecorded using a guide by an investigator. Data were quantitatively and descriptively analyzed.Results: Most students (83.9% ) had one or more siblings. All students had experience of four behaviors: dishwashing,changing into nightwear, wearing a Japanese kimono and paying attention to food particles around other people’smouths. Fewer than 50% of the students had experience of two behaviors: stirring
  • The Cohort Study of the Effects after Introducing the Program “Knowing Our Body“ for Pre-schoolers
    Nobuko Okubo,Toshiko Imai, Katsura Goto, Miwako Matsutani, Junko Tashiro, Michiko Hishinuma, Kyoko Iwanabe, Kazuo Shiraki, Yumi Sakyo, Akiko Ishimoto, Youko Setoyama
    The 2008 International Conference “Healthy People for a Healthy World“ Jun. 2008
  • Trial of 'Shadowing-Advanced' to Aid Transition to First Clinical Practice
    (34) 70-78 Mar. 2008
  • Analysis of Suitable Conditions for a Sitting Position Without Back Support for Patients in a Prolonged State of Impaired Consciousness.
    (34) 46-54 Mar. 2008
  • Examining the Outcome Measure of the Program for Preschool Age Children “Knowing Our Body“
    (34) 36-45 Mar. 2008
  • Acute Care Nursing for Patients with Cerebrovascular Disease: Preventive care for anticipated disuse syndrome in the chronic stage
    World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies/ 13th Interim Meeting/ 12th Asian-Australasian Congress of Neurological Surgeon Nov. 2007
  • Designing Picture Book of the Body for 5-6 Year Olds:Teaching Basic Knowledge about Health.
    Katsura Goto、Michiko Hishinuma、Kazuo Shiraki、Miwako Matsutani、Nobuko Ookubo、Yumi Sakyo、Hisako Nakayama、Akiko Ishimoto、Naoko Arimori、Kyoko Iwanabe、et al
    The 6th International Nursing Conferece Nov. 2007
  • Application of Anatomical/Physiological to the Nursing Practice:From "Understanding"to"Practical Use"
    OKUBO Nobuko
    Japanese Journal of Art and Science 6(1) 23-25 May 2007
  • Evaluation of a Health Education Program for Five-year-olds “Let's Learn about Our Body: Digestive System“.
    (33) 48-54 Mar. 2007
  • Current status of e-learning in Japanese Universities and Colleges -Analysis of web sites and literature review
    (30) 81-93 Mar. 2004
    E-Learning is an advanced online technology method of continuing education in Japanese nursingcolleges. E-Learning allows students to learn because they can adjust their work-time schedules andit removes physical access barriers to educational facilities. E-Learning is a two-way system betweenteachers and students through the Internet.This article is a report showing the present status of E-Learning at 33 universities and colleges inJapan identified as using this technology. Web site search results and a review of journal articlescontaining descriptions of E-Learning programs were analyzed using 10 factors: course name, coursedescription, course philosophy, credit, cost, admission requirement, entrance examination, class-sizelimit, E-Learning educational content, and computer system tools.Among the 15 nursing college programs analyzed, only one nursing college introduced E-Learninginto their master's course. In the 18 liberal arts university and college programs analyzed, we foundmany E-Learning course variations have been developed. There was no similarity among the variousuniversity and college programs related to cost, class size or course name, howeve
  • A Survey of Physical Assessment and Nursing Skill Experience of Students at Their First Level Clinical Nursing Practice.
    (29) 40-46 Mar. 2003
    During their second year at 81. Luke's College of Nursing students learn physical assessmentand fundamental nursing skills and practice them in the hospital setting. As part ofcurriculum evaluation, we conducted a survey of students completing their second year inorder to clarify how? often they performed the various skills and how they evaluated their. abilities. 139 of 169 students (84%) completed a questionnaire that asked students to reportfrequency of doing each of 41 skills and then evaluate their ability on a 4-point scale. With regard to 21 physical assessment skills, there was variation in both experience andself-evaluation. All students reported performing vital signs and their self-evaluations werehigh. More than half reported doing inspection and auscultation of chest and lungs, and assessmentof an abdomen. Although self-evaluations for most skills averaged three orhigher, they tended to be lower for assessment of the heart, muscular-skeletal system, andnervous system.The focus of the 20 fundamental nursing skills were activities of daily living and basictreatments. All students reported making beds and arranging things for patients. More than70% performed
  • Teaching Structure and Function of the human Body Using a Nursing Framework : Student evaluations.
    (28) 82-89 Mar. 2002
    At St.Luke's College of Nursing anatomy, physiology and pathology are integratedunder the heading : structure and function of the human body. The subjects, fundamentalto nursing and taught in the first year, are presented as lecture and seminar and are focused to nursing.The nursing focus is realized through use of a framework that emphasizes the relationshipbetween the structures and processes that support biological life and the ADL(activities of daily living) of human beings. Structure and function of thehuman body is basic to understanding nursing practices. And it is also the basic knowledge for understanding changes of ADL caused by disease.Course evaluations by students for the years 1996 to 2000 indicate that students understoodabout the course objectives and the framework. However,their ratings of the degree to which they understood course content were lower. This paper presents these findings and discusses them in relation to the educational approachand improving teaching methods.
  • Analysis of clinical nurse's observations of patients with protracted consciousness disturbance-basis for determining improvement of their consciousness level
    Nobuko Okubo, Minako Shiro, Taeko Noujyo
    Proceedings of the 11th Annual Meeting of the Society for Treatment of Coma 11 3-8 2002
  • Concept of Nursing Subject and Nursing Practice in the First-year Nursing Students.
    (27) 80-86 Mar. 2001
    The purpose of this study is to know the Nursing Subjects and Nursing Practice of the first-year nursingstudents, because “What is Nursing“ ls a very important question for nursing students and all of the nurses.In April 1997 and 1999, we conducted a questionnaire investigation on 169 first-year nursing students at the S College of Nursing (132 undergraduate course students, and 37 graduate students transferred from another course). “What is Nursing“was asked by using the open type question.The findings are as follows:1) Some 70% students grasp the Nursing Subjects as diseased and disabled people.2) The verbs used by students in describing Nursing Practice, are categolized into 81 kinds, such as ,'to take care, ' 'support' '~to do,' 'help,' 'give,' 'assist,' 'aid,' etc.3) As for Nursing Subjects, the group of the undergraduate course students and the group of graduate students transferred from another course, show similar responses, but different ones as for Nursing Practice.Further discussion is needed to develop student's Nursing Definition in Nursing education.
  • Improvement in Level of Consciousness after Sitting Without Back Support: Case Study of a Patient in a Persistent Vegetative State Using Kohnan Score and EEG
    Nobuko Okubo
    Proceedings of the 10th Annual Meeting of the Society for Treatment of Coma 10 83-94 2001
  • A Team-Based Learning Experiment in the“ Anatomy and Physiology”
    (40) 128-134
    Team-Based learning(TBL)was introduced as part of the teaching method for the “Anatomy andPhysiology” course at St. Luke’s College of Nursing and the educational outcomes were examined. In aself-administered questionnaire survey administered to students, the majority of students gave a favorablereview. There was no difference in the research report scores or course evaluations from the previous year,and positive aspects were recognized in the year that TBL was implemented. Thus, the introduction of TBLinto the course can be considered educationally effective. However, given that TBL was implemented onlyonce, a greater human factor is required than the previous year’s teaching method and sufficient time forstudent self-learning must be ensured, and many expressed positive opinions about the teaching method usedin the previous year, there is a need to further examine teaching methods while considering human factorsand the amount of time set aside for self-learning.
  • The Activities and Vision of the International Affairs Committee.
    (39) 87-94
    The International Affairs Committee of St. Luke’s College of Nursing, originally established as theInternational Exchange Committee, changed its name in April 2012 to clarify the committee’s enhanced aimof promoting globalization at the college and preparing our students and teachers to play active roles in theworld. During the 2012-13 academic year, the committee implemented various projects such as Global HealthSeminars, short-term exchange programs with partner universities, collaborative activities with our studentcommittee, a trial NCLEX preparation course to study nursing and health topics in English, providinginformation through Facebook and Twitter, and a series of discussions with faculty and administrativeofficials on the future direction of globalization efforts at St. Luke’s. Future challenges for the committee are:to increase the number of partner universities through which we offer student exchange opportunities, todevelop a common system with partner universities for evaluating student achievement during exchangeprograms, to enrich study abroad opportunities with before and after activities, to set up a credit recognitionsystem for progr
  • The Characteristics of Students in Nursing University, and the Teachers' Devising for Their Classes
     14(2) 46-53
    The purpose of this study was to reveal: 1) the perception of the teachers in the Fundamentals of Nursing towardcharacteristics of students and 2) how they are devising the teaching-learning methods accordingly.Ten( 10) teachers from 7 nursing universities were interviewed on the following topics:1) their perception on characteristics of students; 2)what are devised in teaching methods. After that, other 5teachers from 5 nursing universities participated in focus-group-interview, in order to examine content validity.Result: Thirteen categories were extracted as the characteristics of students. [#1 increased number of studentswhose goals are not nursing] [#2 lowered ability of reading, writing, and comprehension] [#3 unable to makeown goal due to lack of positive attitude toward learning] [#4 seeking answers rather than thinking process] [#5worrying evaluation by teachers][ #6 apathy toward surround and weak interpersonal relationships][ #7 unable toaccept diversity of values][ #8 lowered in common sense and manner][ #9 good at use of IT][ #10 unable to image ahospital ward or a patient][ #11 unable to relate/use knowledg
  • FY2015 Curriculum Revision for St.Luke's International University College of Nursing
    OKUBO Nobuko
    Bulletin of St.Luke's International University(2) 88-93 Mar. 2016
  • The Effects of Sitting Position Without Back Support on Autonomic Nervous Activity.
     11(1), 40-46 2002
  • Improvement in Level of Consciousness After Sitting without Back Support: Case Study of a Patient in a Persistent Vegetative State Using Kohnan Score
    Proceedings of 10th Annual Meeting of the Society for Treatment of Coma 10, 83-94 2001
  • Improvement in Level of Consciousness after Sitting Without Back Support : Case Study of a Patient in a Persistent Vegetative State Using Kohnan Score and EEG
     73 2001
  • The Level of Consciousness Improved by Sitting Position without Back Support in the Patient with Prolonged Consciousness Disturbance.-The Process from Hospital to Home-
     5(1) 58-63 2001

Awards & Honors

  • Nov. 2018 Best Poster Ward  Comparative investigation of bedside swallowing screening tools in Japan and Other countries

Research Grants & Projects

  • A Discussion about Sitting Position Without Back Support
  • Improvement in Level of Consciousness of a Patient in a Persistent Vegetative State

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