About the Department

The Department of Nursing, Umeå University, is a young department in a young university situated in the biggest town in northern Sweden, a little more than 600 km north of Stockholm. A Nursing Science Unit (within the Department of Internal Medicine) was set up in 1980, the first in Sweden. Astrid Norberg became Acting Professor of Nursing Science in 1980. In 1987 Astrid Norberg was appointed full professor and in 1988 the Department of Advanced Nursing (also the first in Sweden) was established. In 1982 the first doctoral students were accepted and since then a large number of students have defended masters, licentiate and doctoral theses.

In 1998 the former professional programmes in nursing were integrated into the university and the Department of Advanced Nursing, forming the Department of Nursing. We now educate 1000 of the 30000 students studying at Umeå University. We provide professional programmes in nursing in Umeå, Skellefteå, Örnsköldsvik and Lycksele, specialist programmes for registered nurses, masters programme in nursing and doctoral studies. Since 1993 "Nursing" has been the main subject area in professional nursing programmes in Sweden.

The Department of Nursing is an active department with many ongoing research projects, continuous course reviews and renewals and a large number of international contacts. Student and teacher mobility programmes combined with transcultural research projects offer a global perspective.