The Japan Academy of Nursing Education was established in 1991 succeeding the National Nursing Education Research Institute. The present number of the Academy members has already exceeded 3,000. This Academy aims at heightening members’ knowledge and abilities, thereby contributing to the development of nursing education. For these purposes, the Academy holds an annual academic conference focusing on important themes related to nursing education, and also prepares various lecture meetings, study groups and workshops.
Greetings from the Chairman
President of the Board of Directors
The new Board of Directors (BOD) includes 14 board members and two auditors for the continuing terms. These BOD members will serve for two years, and I look forward to working with all of you during this term.
Since the COVID-19 web-based meetings have been firmly established, and communication with our members has continued. Primarily done through online information provision and web-based training sessions and lectures. We have continued to use this method thus far. We have also hosted our annual meetings online in 2020, 2021, and 2022.
Initially, we were puzzled by this method but have used it extensively nonetheless. Its use has become “the norm” since the beginning of 2020, and many of its advantages are being recognized, specifically in remote locations, and due to its flexibility with time. Additionally, starting in FY2022, the Society’s journal was also made available online and developed into a web journal.
However, the continuation of online activities has also led to the loss of mutual relationships and person-to-person warmth that can be gained from idle chit-chat. I was reminded that factors other than this rationality are also important in education and nursing, in which human connections are important. Therefore, our activities are challenged by new methods, such as rational operations that utilize the internet and emphasize digitized data. Furthermore, I believe that emphasizing viewpoints, such as face-to-face, analog methods, and valuing both activities are necessary.
Moreover, nursing education has made great progress in the past 70 years since the end of World War II through education and research. However, many challenges have also been encountered over the years.
I would like to consider how we, as an organization, can address these concerns and how our activities may help each member develop their own skill sets and abilities. Although two years may be insufficient to accomplish these goals, I would like to move forward with optimism and hope for a brighter future.
Japan Academy of Nursing Education
President Yumiko Oshima
The establishment of the National Nursing Education Research Institute originated in a lecture meeting for nursing education held in July of 1951. The meeting was held on the basis of the discussions on the nursing problems made in May of the same year at the Women’s College of the Japan Red Cross Society by alumnae of the training course of full-time teachers for nursing education after they had attended the general assembly of the Japanese Nursing Association. The National Nursing Education Research Institute issued its newsletter, which marked the 81st issue in March of 1991. The inaugural issue was published in September of 1952. In the first three issues, “Candle and Candlestick” was used as an illustration of the newsletter. From the fourth issue on, “flowers,” “fruits” or “scenes of streets” were adopted occasionally.
A commemorative ceremony of the Institute’s 30th anniversary was held in 1981, when the executive members planned to prepare a commemorative gift attractive and suitable to participants. After discussions, they adopted the “Candle and Candlestick” in the design of a paperweight for the gift. The design is introduced by the picture on this page. The paperweight with the design of “Candle and Candlestick” was received quite favorably. Since then, this design has become the symbol mark of the Institute and has been used for the newsletter from the 62nd issue published on October 25 of 1981. It is believed that this design is already well known to all members as readers of the newsletter.
Ten years later, in 1991, the National Nursing Education Research Institute celebrated the 40th anniversary of its establishment. On this occasion, too, the Institute decided to prepare a gift with the same design to commemorate the 40th anniversary. The gift was a “bookmarker” carrying the design (Please refer to the same picture).
The design of “Candle and Candlestick” was carried over as the symbol mark of the newly born Japan Academy of Nursing Education.