OKU Hiromi

Faculty & Position:Nursing Education   associate professor
Contact:hiromioku[at]slcn.ac.jp convert [at] to @
Last Updated: Aug. 07, 2019 at 14:39

Researcher Profile & Settings

Academic & Professional Experience

  • 2016- Todayassociate professor, St.Luke's International University

Association Memberships



  • 博士(看護学)

Research Activities

Research Areas

  • Nursing / Fundamental nursing

Published Papers

  • A Survey about Factors Important to Non-Nursing Baccalaureate Degree Students When Selecting Nursing Educational Institution in Japan
    Oku Hiromi
    Journal of Japan Academy of Nursing Science 34(1) 292-300 2014
    Aims:The purpose of this study was to clarify what factors influenced graduates with non-nursing majors (bachelor's degrees in other fields) in returning to school to become nurses in their selection of the nursing educational institution.
    Methods:Purposively targeted were 13 universities and 16 nursing schools having special entrance exam system for adult and/or 2nd degree students and randomly selected were 10 vocational schools. A self-administered questionnaire survey was sent to a total of 1255 students from those schools. Returned were 606 (48.3%), of those 576 were useable representing 275 nursing students with bachelor's degrees and 301 students without bachelor's degree.
    Results:Among the influential reasons extracted for school selections were: "possible to commute from home" and "suitable entrance exam system." Of high importance for employed students was: "possible to commute from home." Regardless of the presence of the bachelor's degree, "smaller school expenses" was a big influencing element.
    Conclusion:Entry of students with various knowledge bases may strongly contribute to nursing. The entrance exam system greatly influenced their selection of the educational institution. Transformation of the entrance exam system and provision of social and economical support are needed to promote the entry of these more mature and experienced learners into nursing.
  • An Attempt to Evaluate the Method to Construct Multiple Domains of IRT-based Scales:—— For the Purpose of Building Item Bank for a Common Achievement Test for Nursing Colleges——
    Mitsunaga Haruhiko, Yanai Haruo, Nishikawa Hiroaki, Saiki Kei'ichiro, Kamei Tomoko, Matsutani Miwako, Oku Hiromi, Muraki Eiji
    Kodo Keiryogaku 41(1) 17-34 2014
    Background: As Japanese nursing colleges increasingly require common criteria for assessing practical nursing ability prior to entering clinical hospital practice, it is important to construct a test item bank that can facilitate the evaluation of multiple domains. However, ordinal IRT models, such as the 2 parameter logistic model (2PL), operate under the assumption of unidimensionality, preventing application to comprehensive testing of multiple domains. Method: We conducted a computer-based test with items from 20 domains, classified into three areas: (1) basic medicine, (2) basic nursing, and (3) clinical nursing. About 780 students answered items, which were applied to common-item design and calibrated item parameters using two strategies; the first strategy assumed one-factor model for each area, the second strategy assumed unidimensionality by domain. Conclusion: For constructing an item bank, estimating item parameters by domain results in larger test information and more appropriate parameter estimates than estimating parameters by area.
  • Toward the Development of a Japanease Nurse-manager's Self Evaluation Index
    OKU Hiromi, IBE Toshiko, YANAI Haruo, ISHIZAKI Tamiko, UEDA Aya, OHTA Kayo, OYAMADA Kyoko, KITAURA Akiko, TAKABATAKE Yuriko
    Journal of Japan Academy of Nursing Science 30(2) 32-43 Jun. 2010
  • Evaluation of the Integrated Nursing Practice “Team Challenge” : Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice ―Analysis of Training Records of Students―
     14(1) 17-25 Mar. 2010
    【Purpose】 In order to explore the clinical practice which bridges the gap between theory and practice of senior nursing student, comprehensive clinical practice called ‘team challenge’ was performed. The purpose of this study is to analyze the contents of study from students’ practice records, and to evaluate achievement of a practice aim.【Method】 From practice record of five seniors in A nursing college who experienced practice, 1)the contents of learning was extracted to the time series and the process of a student’s practice was analyzed from four viewpointsof the practice aim, 2)amount of technical experiences were compared at before and after the practice. This study has obtained the approval of research ethics screening committee of A college.【Result】 1)① Understanding patients:Students were depending on patients’ charts and textbooks for gathering information, then they gradually acquired those from clinical nurses and patients themselves. ② Practice to the optimal health condition of patients: Students were perceiving the necessity of participating preventively andgradually they could act in accordance with the change of patie
  • Evaluation of the Integrated Nursing Practice ‘Team Challenge’ : Bridging The Gap of Theory and Practice
     13(2) 71-78 Jul. 2009
  • Predictors of pressure ulser and physical restraint prevalence in Japanease acute care units
    Toshiko IBE,Tamiko ISHIZAKI,Hiromi OKU,Kayo OTA,Yuriko TAKABATAKE,Akiko ISEDA,Yoko ISHIKAWA,Aya UEDA
    Japan Journal of Nursing Science 5(2) Dec. 2008
  • Predictors of pressureulcer and physical restraint prevelence in Japanese acute care units
    Toshiko Ibe,Tamiko Ishizaki,Hiromi oku,Kayo Ota,Yuriko Takabatake,Akiko Iseda,Yoko Ishikawa,Aya Ueda
    Japan Journal of Nursing Science 5(2) 91-98 2008

Books etc

  • nursing management first book
    Hiromi Oku
    Joint Work
      Jun. 2015
  • Hospitals and the Nursing Profession: Lessons from Franco-Japanese Comparisons
    Philippe Moss?,Tetsu Harayama,Maryse Boulongne-Garcin,Toshiko Ibe, Hiromi Oku, Vaughan Rogers
    Joint Work
    John Libbey Eurotext  Feb. 2011


  • The Health Care Work Environment : Perspectives of Certified Social Insurance Labor Consultants
    井部 俊子, 村上 剛久, 保坂 隆, 古川 裕之, 佐々木 菜名代, 相馬 孝博, 奥 裕美
    医療の質・安全学会誌 11(2) 142-149 2016
  • The Progress Report on the Future Nurse Faculty Development Program at St. Luke's International University(2)
    奥 裕美, 松谷 美和子, 三浦 友理子, 吉田 千文, 五十嵐 ゆかり, 池口 佳子, 松本 直子, 森島 久美子, 森川 雪絵, 江本 桂
    聖路加国際大学紀要 = Bulletin of St. Luke's International University 2 83-87 2016
  • Progress Report on the Future Nurse Faculty Development Program at St. Luke's International University
    奥 裕美, 松谷 美和子, 三浦 友理子
    聖路加国際大学紀要 = Bulletin of St. Luke's International University 1 83-87 2015
  • Overworked : Excessive Consideration for Others and Overtime Among Japanese Nurses
    奥 裕美, 井部 俊子
    医療の質・安全学会誌 10(3) 288-292 2015
  • Measuring Nursing : Contribution of Dr. Yanai to Nursing
    奥 裕美, 井部 俊子
    日本テスト学会誌 10(1) 37-43 Jun. 2014
  • A Review of the Reports and the Guidelines to Keep Working Conditions and Safety of Healthcare Workers
    奥 裕美
    医療の質・安全学会誌 9(2) 142-146 2014
  • What of Subjective Labor Burden Affect the Medical Safety Management?
    古川 裕之, 奥 裕美
    医療の質・安全学会誌 9(2) 150-154 2014
  • Development and Implementation of the Certified Nurse Administrator Second-Level Training Program Adopting the Problem-Based Learning Strategy.
    (36) 48-54 Mar. 2010
  • Review of Undergraduate Exchange Program : Outcomes and Learning from the Exchange Program in Yonsei University
    (34) 15-22 Mar. 2008
  • Review of undergraduate exchange program: outcomes and learning from the exchange program with Yonsei University
    菱田 治子, 片岡 弥恵子, 奥 裕美
    聖路加看護大学紀要(34) 15-22 2008
  • Review of 2006 Undergraduate Exchange Program : Outcomes and Learning from Hosting International Nursing Students from Mahidol University and Yonsei University
    ONJOJI Yasuko, KATAOKA Yaeko, OKU Hiromi, KABURAGI Yoko
    Bulletin of St. Luke's College of Nursing(33) 39-47 Mar. 2007
    This paper reviews the 2006 undergraduate exchange program, from a perspective of hosting exchange students of two sister universities. St. Luke's College of Nursing established the committee on international exchange, and posted an international coordinator in April 2006, to expand and improve international exchange activities. During the academic year of 2006, the college received a total of eight international nursing students from Mahidol University, Thailand, and Yonsei University School of Nursing, S. Korea for two weeks. The exchange program at St. Luke's was designated for the international students to understand and experience Japanese nursing. For that purpose, it included clinical practicum in a hospital and visits to various health care facilities, as well as lectures and regular class participation. The program provided a good opportunity for the international students and St. Luke's students to exchange views and understand similarities and differences of nursing in different countries. It also facilitated friendship development between both students. St. Luke's student volunteers played a core role in those activities, such as organizing welcome parties and weekend outings. Through this year's undergraduate exchange, some issues became clear for improvement. The committee on international exchange will address these issues to organize a better program for next year.

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