Hiromi Sanada, PhD, RN
Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Japan Academy of Nursing Science
As this cold weather continues, I hope you all remain well and I look forward to your renewed enthusiastic support for JANS again this year, starting off a new decade.
Last year’s 39th Annual Conference of Japan Academy of Nursing Science (JANS 39), with Ishikawa Prefectural Nursing University President Kazuko Ishigaki as Conference Chairperson, was held on November 30 and December 1 in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. Themed "Human-to-human science applied to Nursing; eternal truths to take nursing science to another dimension", it proved highly popular with over 3,800 participants. I myself am from Ishikawa, so I was excited by the local occurrence of this wonderful, vibrant Conference attempting to peer into the future of nursing. In particular, the keynote speech of the Conference Chairperson, which envisioned the significance of nursing in the evolution of mankind possessing language as a means of communication, and her expectations of future nursing that understands different cultures and will develop more universally, exhibited a sense of scale exceeding our imagination.
The Representatives General Meeting was held on November 29, the day before the Academic Conference on November 30. The policy of your Board of Directors for this term is "Supporting further growth of young researchers". According to a report by the Japan Association of Nursing Academies (JANA), 46 nursing academies are members of JANA in 2018. Amongst the establishment and activities of highly specialized academic societies, I think it is timely that the Japan Academy of Nursing Science, which does not limit its fields of study, reconsiders its role. Considering that more than 80% of our members belong to academia, surely there is no denying that in order to foster our young researchers, our highest priority is to publish high-quality papers and promote international activities. Accordingly, the Board of Directors has prepared a report summarizing our new action plan containing the target KPI (Key Performance Indicator) to be attained by each committee within the next two years. These details were explained at the Representatives General Meeting and the JANS General Assembly, and they will be announced at the next Representatives General Meeting with any necessary amendments included.
In response to this report, Professor Mami Kayama of St. Luke's International University has planned various programs from an international perspective, including for young scientists and others, as part of the theme of “Implementation of Nursing Science” for the JANS 40th Academic Conference (JANS 40) to be held at the Tokyo International Forum on December 12 and 13, 2020.
Shortly, on February 28 and 29, the 6th Academic Conference hosted by WANS (World Academy of Nursing Science) will be chaired at the Osaka International Convention Center by Professor Noriko Katada of Kansai Medical University. As a Host Organization, we in the Japan Academy of Nursing Science will be providing full support towards internationalization of Japan's wonderful nursing science. The Chairperson of the JANS Academic Conference In 2021 and 2022 will be Dr. Yumiko Momose of Aichi Prefectural University, and Dr. Michiko Moriyama of Hiroshima University, respectively. Through our future Academic Conferences, I hope that we will foster young researchers who will boldly contribute to global nursing science.
This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. In commemoration, WHO’s Year of the Nurse and Midwife is promoting the ‘Nursing Now Campaign’ to achieve five goals within a three-year global campaign.
Of course, one of these five core areas is promotion of nursing research – “Conducting research that helps determine where nurses can have the greatest impact”.
Other extremely exciting news for nursing science researchers is that The Lancet has announced that it will dedicate a weekly issue to the theme of nursing in the latter part of 2020.
In its call for papers for “Nursing in 2020”, The Lancet will cover areas such as nursing and universal health coverage, nursing education, workforce planning, quality of care, new technologies, task sharing, and nursing as a movement to protect planetary health. So young researchers, please take up the challenge together with our more experienced researchers in this significant year for nursing science, to boldly contribute to the scientific and practical nursing development of our own Japan Academy of Nursing Science.
Outline of JANS news in 2019:
1. Website renewal, from April 2019.
2. Sadly, Honorary Member Sumiko Maehara passed away in May 2019.
3. Change of committee names from June 2019:
a. The Research/Scientific Information Committee
became the Committee for Research and Promotion of Science
b. JANS Young Scientists’ Network Committee for Research and Promotion of Science
became the Young Scientists Committee.
3. New Board of Directors for 2019-2021 from June 2019-
4. Three JANS members appointed as co-Editor-in-Chief of Japanese-language journal, JJANS, from July
5. A project team was created to revitalize our young scientists.