Environmental Health Nursing

274875_1192913612_4445944_nTomoko Wakamura, RN, RPHN, PhD, Professor

We consider nursing through the relationship between the environment and humans. The environment is one of the basic concepts in nursing, as F. Nightingale described in “Notes on Nursing.” Nurses play an important role in human experience partnerships and they share moments with patients. Nurses arranges the living environment, that is a broad concept includes not only the patient but also the physical environment. We aim to contribute to promote people’s health and satisfaction in a wide range of fields through our researches.

Research and Education

Our research themes;
1.Biological Rhythm on Nursing (Shift-worker’s health)
2.Nursing Ethics
Our epidemiological studies apply cohort methods and clinical case studies to test the hypothesis. Electroencephalogram, body temperature, heart rate activity can be measured in our laboratory. Our findings based on biological rhythm expertise can contribute to promoting people’s well-being.
We are also engaged in nursing ethics education and research. It is our passion to empower nurses to be patient advocates through a patient-centered approach, framed by assessing and honoring patient’s needs, values, and preferences. We are actively engaged in international and domestic joint research.
The research findings are reflected in our education in a timely manner, and we strive to achieve a linkage between research and education. Research activities of our team members, including undergraduate students, have been the subject of many awards in academic societies, etc.
We also give lectures on sleep, biological rhythm, and bioethics at public schools, from elementary schools to community colleges, to raise people’s awareness of well-being.

① Biological rhythm laboratory ( two single-rooms with bathroom, left: dark condition, right: bright condition)

②Conference presentation on ACP in 2019 (Dr. Takenouchi, 4th from the right)


Recent Publications

  1. Higo, Y., Nagashima, S., Tabara, T., Setoh, K., Kawaguchi, T., Takahashi, Y., Kosugi, S., Nakayama, T., Matsuda, F., & Wakamura, T.; Nagahama study group (2019) Association of the spot urine sodium-to-potassium ratio with blood pressure is independent of urinary Na and K levels: The Nagahama study. Hypertension Research. 42(10), 1624-1630.
  2. Nagashima, S., Osawa, M., Matsuyama, H., Ohoka, W., Ahn, A., & Wakamura, T., (2017) Bright-light exposure during daytime sleeping affects nocturnal melatonin secretion after simulated night work. Chronobiology International, 35(2) 229-239.
  3. Takenouchi, S., Sasahara. T., Miyashita, M., Kawa. M., Umeda. M., Arahata. T., Kizawa, Y., & Tamura, K. (2017). Empowering Nurses through Translating the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium: The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium-Japan Core Curriculum Project. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 19(6), 539-549.
  4. Takenouchi, S., Tamura, K. (2015). 77. Palliative Care in Japan. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing, 4th Edition. In B. R. Ferrell, N. Coyle & J. Paice (Eds.), New York: Oxford University Press. 1131-1135.
  5. Chikada, A., Takekuma Katsumata, A., Asase, M., Takenouchi, S., Arakawa, Y., & Nin, K. (2017). Lived experience in patients with recurrent glioblastoma in Japan: A narrative study. Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal, 2(4), 157-165.

Environmental Health Nursing

Professor:Tomoko Wakamura, R.N., R.P.H.N., Ph.D., M. Home Ec.
Associate Professor:Sayaka Takenouchi, R.N., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant professor:Ai Chikada, R.N., R.P.H.N., M.S.

Contact details
Tomoko Wakamura   Mail: wakamura.tomoko.5v@ kyoto-u.ac.jp, Tel: +81-75-751-3974
Sayaka Takenouchi   Mail: takenouchi.sayaka.6u@kyoto-u.ac.jp, Tel: +81-75-751-3958
Ai Chikada Mail: chikada.ai.8w@kyoto-u.ac.jp,        Tel: +81-75-751-3927