Environmental Health Nursing

274875_1192913612_4445944_nTomoko Wakamura, RN, RPHN, PhD, Professor

Environmental health nursing is the field in which we consider nursing through the relationship between living environment and human. As F. Nightingale described in “Notes on Nursing” that environment is important factor for health, the environment is one of basic concepts in nursing. Given nursing can be defined as activity that arranges current living environment in order, the living environment is wide concept including not only physical but also psychological environment, In Environmental Health Nursing, we perform many studies, in wide fields, which contribute to promotions of health and safety.

Research and Education

The main research themes of our staff are as follows.
1. Relationship between living environment and human sleep-wake cycles
2. Infection control and prevention,
Information and communication technology system for patient-centered home care
3. Evaluation of female pelvic floor function
Appropriate methodology to each objective of our themes can be selected from laboratory experiments, epidemiological study using cohort method, to case studies as evidence of hypothesis. Electroencephalogram, body temperature, heart rate activity can be measured in our laboratory. Our intervention and support activity can be possible for promoting community-based people’s health.
Research results and experiences over the studies are feed-back to part of education contents in the two classes entitled “Principles of Nursing” and “Basic Techniques for Nursing” which were prepared for the first and second grades of the bachelor course.
Actual experiences of nursing before graduate school are very valuable for making graduate students’ research purpose. The research studies of many themes are currently going on. Previous researches were commended from several academic meetings and Kyoto University (President Award). These academic activities make our students encouraged.

Sleep consultation (2014)

Technique of wheelchair for the patient


1. Fukushige H, Fukuda Y, Tanaka M, Inami K, Wada K, Tsumura Y, Kondo M, Harada T, Wakamura T, Morita T.(2014) Effects of tryptophan-rich breakfast and light exposure during the daytime on melatonin secretion at night. J Physiol Anthropol. 2014 Nov 19;33:33. doi: 10.1186/1880-6805-33-33.
2. Nagashima S, Masutani E, Wakamura T. (2014) Food intake behavior and chronotype of Japanese nurses working irregular shifts. International Journal of Psychological Studies; Vol. 6, No. 2; doi:10.5539/ijps.v6n2p
3. Kondo M, Wakamura T (2012). Life environment and sleep: Melatonin production affected by light and ambient temperature in humans, Melatonin in the promotion of health, second Ed. CRC press, 365-373.
4. Utsumi M, Shimizu J, Miyamoto A, Umeshita K, Kobayashi T, Monden M, Makimoto K. (2010). Age as an independent risk factor for surgical site infections in a large gastrointestinal surgery cohort in Japan. Journal of Hospital Infection. 75:183-187.
5. Ninomiya S, Saito I, Masaki K, Endo Y, Morikawa S, Okayama H. (2014). Single-Arm Pilot Study to Determine the Effectiveness of the Support Power of Underwear in Elevating the Bladder Neck and Reducing Symptoms of Stress Urinary Incontinence in Women. Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms. 6(2): 81-87.


Professor:Tomoko Wakamura, RN, RPHN, PhD
Lecturer:Momoe Utsumi, RN, RPHN, PhD
Assistant Professor:Sanae Ninomiya, RN, PhD

Mail address and TEL
Tomoko Wakamura, wakamura.tomoko.5v at kyoto-u.ac.jp, 075-751-3974
Momoe Utsumi, utsumi.momoe.8r at kyoto-u.ac.jp, 075-751-3945
Sanae Ninomiya, ninomiya.sanae.4u at kyoto-u.ac.jp, 075-751-3927