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  OUHK's full-time nursing programmes granted accreditation by the Nursing Council 19/06/2008
   
 

The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) received formal notification from the Nursing Council of Hong Kong today that accreditation has been granted to its two full-time nursing programmes, namely the Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in General Health Care and the Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in Mental Health Care, which were launched in 2005 and will graduate their first batch of students in 2009.

OUHK President Professor John C Y Leong says, "We submitted the application for accreditation of these two new full-time programmes in June 2005. Following a three-year stringent accreditation process, we finally have the result today. The accreditation of the programmes not only testifies to their high academic and professional standards, but also reaffirms our status as a provider of professional nursing education."

The Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in General Health Care has about 260 students, while the Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in Mental Health Care has about 120 students. The OUHK has teamed up with Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, Baptist Hospital and Union Hospital to offer the Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in General Health Care, and with Castle Peak Hospital to offer the Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in Mental Health Care. The University is now enrolling first-year students to these two 4-year programmes for the 2008/09 academic year. Those interested may join activities such as 'A Day of Being a Nurse' on 2 July or an admission seminar on 24 July, both to be held at the University's Ho Man Tin campus. For enquiries, please call 2768 6658 / 2768 6205, visit the website at http://www.ouhk.edu.hk/FTP or email to ftreg@ouhk.edu.hk.

The OUHK has been providing high quality nursing education for more than 14 years, and has been appointed as a gazetted nursing school for Registered Nurse training. The University has launched a number of professional and undergraduate nursing programmes in response to society’s demand for nursing professionals as well as the education and training needs of the nursing profession. It has produced over 1,000 nursing graduates who are now serving as professional nurses in various health care sectors in Hong Kong or overseas. More than 1,500 students are currently enrolled in the University's distance learning and full-time nursing programmes. Enrolled nurses can become registered nurses by completing the University's Higher Diploma in Nursing or Higher Diploma in Mental Health Nursing programmes.

The OUHK's $11-million Clinical Nursing Education Centre was opened in May to provide advanced computer-simulated training to nursing students. It is the first local simulation centre for holistic nursing learning.

   
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