The Nethersole School of Nursing, formerly the Department of Nursing, was established under the Faculty of Medicine in 1991. It is the first university department of nursing in Hong Kong. The primary focus of the School is on high quality nursing education and research so that nurses can make a major contribution to improving health for the people of Hong Kong and to facilitating the development of nursing profession. With the generous support of the Executive Committee of the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital and the United Christian Medical Service, the School has further invigorated its teaching, research and practice in nursing and has continued to pursue excellence under the name of The Nethersole School of Nursing since 1 January 2002.
Undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications from The Nethersole School of Nursing enhance the career progression of nurses at the local, regional and international levels.
To excel in teaching and research and in the promotion of the highest standards of nursing and gerontology practice.
To serve the community with compassion
- To offer undergraduate and postgraduate education that meets the changing needs of the nursing profession and the health needs of the society.
- To foster lifelong learning and to provide a foundation for continuing education.
- To advance the art and science of nursing.
- To promote the highest standards of nursing through scholarship, research and innovative practice.
- To increase nursing knowledge through research.
The original Nethersole School of Nursing established under the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital in 1893 was the first hospital-based nurses training school in Hong Kong. It shared the same motto with the hospital about the provision of compassionate care to the sick, and had nurtured numerous competent and caring nurses since its establishment. The school pioneered the first midwifery training programme in 1904. It was then relocated to Kwun Tong in 1973, and operated under the management of the United Christian Medical Service later on. For over the past one hundred years, the school had assumed a crucial role in the promotion of health care and nursing education. Its impact is evidenced by the dedication, care and compassion as shown by its graduates all over the world. By keeping pace with the changing era in the 21st century, nursing education has progressed to the tertiary level. To commemorate the school's contribution to nursing profession in Hong Kong, the Department of Nursing at The Chinese University of Hong Kong was renamed as “The Nethersole School of Nursing” in 2002.