School of Nursing

History of the School of Nursing

It has been more than 100 years since nursing education was established in Samoa. The training for nurses was started by New Zealand Administration in 1917 until Samoan nursing leaders take over nursing education in 1965. Twenty-seven years later, development was planned and prepared to elevate nursing education from hospital based to a university level of education. In 1992, the School of Nursing moved to National University of Samoa, and it was not an easy transition with curriculum and staff preparation. The transition to the National University of Samoa changed the focus on nursing to a higher education of nurses with a family-oriented and more culturally responsive approach to deliver nursing care.

The School of Nursing was formerly a faculty itself in 1992 when the school entered the National University of Samoa. Until the end of 2012, the School of Nursing moved to the Faculty of Applied Science. A review was later made and reallocated the School of Nursing to the newly established Faculty of Health Science to join together with the newly developed school of Medicine in 2017 where it still is today.

The School of Nursing have five programs, i.e., Preliminary Certificate Nursing (one year), Foundation Certificate in Nursing (one year), Diploma in Nursing (two years), Bachelor of Nursing (three years) and Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Midwifery, Mental Health, Acute Care and Primary Health Care) however, only the Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery is offered due to the availability of lecturers. The preliminary certificate year and foundation certificate program targets graduates from colleges and high schools while the bachelor’s in nursing is offered to students who successfully passed eight courses of the Foundation Certificate program. There are twenty-four courses in the bachelor’s in nursing program and twelve courses for the postgraduate diploma in the new re-developed midwifery program.

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