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COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES

Editorial Committee


The editorial committee edits and publishes an academic journal to be used by our growing number of members to disseminate research outcomes in the fields of nursing practice, nursing education, and nursing management. Although the journal is currently published annually, the number of submitted articles is gradually increasing. We hope that the number of submitted and published papers continue to increase in the future. Our committee will continue working to maintain high quality and make the journal more appealing.

 

Research Activity Committee


The three main activities of this committee are holding the nursing research seminar, selecting research grants, and selecting research awards. This fiscal year’s nursing research seminar, at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Red Cross Society of Nursing Science, was on the theme of “analytical methods in qualitative research,” where Dr. Hiroko Yatsu from Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing delivered a lecture. There have already been two applications for research grants, and the selection process is underway. Research awards will be awarded for outstanding research from amongst those presented to the society. Because the number of applications has been quite few till date, I would like our members to be aware of this so that they may take advantage of this opportunity.

 

Clinical Nursing Practice Development Project Committee


This committee was launched in the third term by the Board of Directors to promote activities concerning the evaluation and enhancement of operations, such as the Medical Fee Reimbursement System and the Nursing Care Compensation Structure of the Social Insurance Union Societies Related Nursing. This committee’s purpose is to discover techniques and skills in clinical practice, to validate them, and to disseminate them.

The committee’s activities are advancing into the fourth term. During the third term, the committee reviewed, under the theme of “the establishment and spread of one-set care for the elderly with dementia,” cases of practice concerning elderly people suffering with dementia relating to activities, such as eating and bathing, examined performed cases, and made presentations at exchange meetings. Furthermore, these outcomes were published as “The world of the elderly with dementia” by Japanese Nursing Association Publishing Company in June 2015.

In the fourth term, to continue these activities from the third term, we aim to further explore the world of the elderly with dementia and establish what we call “care” with hopes that it will lead to “the establishment and spread of one-set care for the elderly with dementia,” by disseminating the care procedures to all of our members, informing them of this book, and continuing the case study.

We are becoming an increasingly aged society, and care for the elderly with dementia in the fields of medicine and welfare are growing important issues of practice. I hope that all of our members, while aspiring to improve nursing care procedures for the elderly with dementia, will spread the information gained from the case studies and books, keep abreast of the committee’s activities, and continue to give them their support.

 

International Activities Committee


The international activities committee plans the exchange session for international activities, which is held after the annual meetings of the Japanese Red Cross Society of Nursing Science in June. In addition, the first meeting of the Red Cross and Red Crescent International Nursing Conference was held in April 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. The second meeting is planned to take place in Sweden; the Japanese Red Cross society of Nursing Science is expected to support them and to provide the necessary cooperation. In October 2015, the committee attended the Board of Directors meeting of the World Academy of Nursing Science, which took place in Hannover, Germany.

Furthermore, the committee will develop a plan to promote international activities while gathering the opinions of all of our members with respect to which international activities they consider important for us, as the Japanese Red Cross Society of Nursing, to be involved in.

 

Public Relations Committee


This committee fulfills the major roles of maintaining and managing the society website and publishing the annual newsletter. The website is recognized as our most effective tool through which all of our members acquire new information about the society’s activities. Therefore, we are working harder than ever to ensure that the necessary information is updated and can be accessed at any time. In addition, as the committee is planning to update the website to make it more appealing, we would be grateful for any suggestions.

Along with the preceding committee, the PR committee has played an active role in the introduction of the Society’s and the Red Cross’s activities in the newsletter. Going beyond current academic activities, the committee has hopes of publishing content with an eye on the future, based on trends in nursing and medical care. This committee will continue to work with our committee members to help further the development of Red Cross nursing and Society activities.

 

Disaster Nursing Activities Committee


We can only pray that the damage caused by the evermore frequent and large-scale disasters in recent years does not increase. This committee conducts activities with the aim to contribute to the development of disaster nursing strategies by sharing “experienced lessons (what has been learned through the experience)” regarding disaster nursing as “formatted lessons (what has been learned in the form of common established methodology),” through research activities conducted during disasters and academic meetings and disaster seminars. As our main activities, we hold an exchange session at the annual meeting of Japanese Red Cross Society of Nursing Science and disaster nursing seminar and offer medium-to-long-term support to the affected areas struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake; we also conduct research at and provide support to Hakuba village, which was damaged by the Nagano Prefecture Kamishiro Fault Earthquake. Through these efforts, the committee hopes to provide information and exchange opinions regarding the knowledge gained from our experiences thus far to contribute to improving disaster nursing and to link it with disaster prevention and mitigation.

With the help of all of our members, and the participation of many others, we look forward to continuing to integrate our efforts to prepare for disasters that are likely to occur with increasing frequency in the future.