Message from the Chairperson

I am honored to be appointed as the chairperson of the Japanese Red Cross Society of Nursing Science. I have taken the opportunity to reread our founding Charter written by the founding chairperson, Dr. Yasuko Higuchi, in 2000.

Initially, in the opening part, it boldly emphasizes that each of the individual practices that originate in the Red Cross philosophy is defined and systematically clarified by the mission of the Red Cross nursing profession. Subsequently, this society was established as an academic organization that based on the importance of strengthening ties between academic inquiry and practice, education, and research, undertakes the following three issues:

  1. To provide an opportunity for information sharing that advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice and research.
  2. To provide a place for exchange, sharing, and brainstorming among those who are involved in the practice, education, and research for further expansion in education and nursing practices based on the research findings in changing situations.
  3. To expand the research network and the professional training of internationally practicing nurses.

I recognize that the mission of the board of directors this term, as it was in the past, is to commit more actively to addressing these issues and to further consolidate the foundation of the organization. From that perspective, I intend to verify the actual situation and clarify areas where initiatives must be strengthened.

Any academic society comprises committees and members that play essential roles in several activities, such as the editorial committee that regards journal publication as its primary role, the public relations committee that informs members and the public of the society’s activities, and the research activity committee that supports and promotes the research activities of our members. Such committees are all responsible for the fundamental functionality of the society. Based on such fundamental committees, the other committees including the clinical nursing practice development project committee, the international activities committee, and the disaster nursing activities committee can represent the characteristics of our society. It is certain that these committees were established for three aforementioned issues and have achieved results. Since the first Red Cross and Red Crescent International Nursing Conference was held in Thailand last year, it is evident that the international activities committee will become increasingly important in the future.

Now let me focus on the society’s organizational foundation. The number of members these past few years has remained at around 1,200. The number of people who have entered and left the society seems to be large for a society of this size. Therefore, it is clear from these circumstances that we are currently undergoing a decline. I believe that ingenuity is necessary to reinvigorate the society such that members who join because of academic meetings will experience the appeal of membership and continue to retain their membership, while striving to acquire new members. As one of these ingenuities, committee activities must begin to take into account member participation and giving something back to members. We are constrained by the yearly budget; however, by increasing the number of opportunities for participation so that they are not limited to academic meetings once a year and by enlivening the exchanges of practical work, education, and research, we can provide our members with improved experience about academic interests and feedbacks. In addition, I have taken under consideration the launching of a new committee that will be related to history, including Red Cross activities, and to the nature of humanitarian aid.

In the 15 years since the society’s inception, changes in the world and in the healthcare environment have accelerated. Unperturbed by these rapid changes and rushes, I believe that we must now question ourselves about the philosophical meaning of what we consider “humanity” and the entire concept of our principle-based practices, ensure these meaning and concept one another, and reconsider our academic goals and the goals of the society.