[Objective] We investigated the set up of radiology course in the undergraduate nursing education in foreign countries. And we discussed needs of radiology course in the undergraduate nursing education in Japan.
[Methods] The English homepages of the nursing colleges were targeted and investigated. We investigated whether there was a course on radiology in the undergraduate curriculum of nursing college in foreign countries or not, by using several Internet search sites.
In addition, literatures and guidelines related in the undergraduate nursing education were searched using several databases and Internet search sites.
[Results] Lewis University (Lewis) in the USA and Medical University of Graz (Graz) in Austria already had a course of radiology.
The radiology course were "Radiation Therapy" in Lewis and "First Aid, Disaster Management and Radiation Protection" in Graz.
The training content necessary for medical staff were shown in Patient Safety Curriculum Guide by World Health Organization and in Radiation Protection No 175 by European Commission.
[Discussion] It was clear that there were not many colleges had the course on radiology in the undergraduate curriculum of nursing in foreign countries. There were the guidelines shown in the training content necessary for medical staff. It was intended to provide radiation medical care safely. We considered it necessary for nursing students to be taught about radiology for patient safety at the time of undergraduate nursing education.