JNA Activities

Projects

Working Conditions for Nurses

Improved working conditions and work environments are the utmost concern of nurses in the clinical settings. The positive work conditions and environments are the foundations for safe and reliable healthcare. One of the JNA missions is 窶弃romoting to create the environment in which nurses are able to continue working peacefully throughout their life.窶 To enable nurses to keep on working, we focus on priorities such as promoting work-life balance, improving working hours, pay, and occupational health and safety.

Education

  • Basic education
    JNA believes that basic nursing education is absolutely crucial, as one of the cornerstones for professional nurses. To provide high quality individual nursing care to the people in Japan in coming years, basic nursing education should include both liberal arts and scientific professional subjects. We may attain such quality education only through four-year university courses. The Japanese people also have high expectations for public health nurses and midwives, so we need to provide graduate education that will live up to those expectations. To these ends, we urges the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and other government agencies to ensure adequate education for nursing professionals.
  • Continuing education (CE)
    • CE courses
      We plan and organize CE courses at two locations, in Tokyo and Kobe. The courses we provide is designed to improve essential knowledge and technical skills for nursing practice, administration and education, and ranges from one-day short courses to a full 32-day curriculum. To offer more opportunities, we have also introduced courses streamed in real time over the Internet and training via satellite communication.
    • Academic conferences
      We organize the Conferences of the Japan Society of Nursing in collaboration with the prefectural nursing associations to give the members opportunities to present the practice-based research findings and to provide settings for the members to learn from one another through discussions and other such activities. In conferences taking place all over Japan and in different specialized areas, over 10,000 people take part every year.

Nursing Services

  • Patient safety
    We provide patient safety consultation services, post the latest information on the JNA website and engage in various other activities aimed at providing safe and reliable medical and nursing care for all.
  • Database services
    We are developing the database project in an effort to improve work environments for nurses and the quality of nursing. This project intends to contribute to the management of nurse administrators and also utilize it for our policy recommendations.
  • Promotion of the role expansion of nurses
    As the demand for healthcare continues to increase rapidly due to Japan窶冱 super-aging society, we will need to provide care more effectively and efficiently in the future, in order to sustain the healthcare system as a whole. The government of Japan is undergoing a fundamental review of the health care delivery system, where nurses will be expected to perform their roles to the fullest extent. Discussion is underway on a system that enables specially trained nurses to perform a certain kinds of medical interventions together with nursing care so that they may better fulfill the patients窶 needs. We are trying to get such a system enshrined in law, in order to protect the safety of patients and nurses, and to enable nurses to make the most of their expertise.
  • Dementia Care
    Japanese Nursing Association published 窶弋he Guidebook for Dementia Care窶 in 2016. As a professional organization of nurses, we decided to create the primer of fundamentals for all the nurses involved in dementia care. Japan will experience an unprecedented super-aging society in the world with all the baby boomers turning age 75 years and over in 2025. Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare estimates the number of people with dementia in Japan will reach over seven million in 2025. JNA believes that it is required to support all the nurses to prepare for expertise and skills on dementia care as well as promoting current effort to develop dementia care specialists. This guidebook is targeted for all nurses including those who provide care for people with dementia for the first time, those who are struggling for better outcome and nurse leaders responsible for creating a care system in their practice settings.

Home Healthcare and Long-term Nursing Care

We are expecting to see an increase in the number of people requiring high-level long-term nursing care and elderly people with dementia in the near future. Nursing is set to play an increasingly important role as a result, especially in the area of home based care and long-term nursing care. We urgently need to create a framework that is capable of sustaining home based care on a long-term and continuous basis, even for patients requiring a high level of care or whose families are unable to meet the needs of care. We are keen to promote a new type of combined service that includes home-visit nursing in addition to day services, short-term stay and home visit long-term care services, and are working to strengthen nursing functions in both home-visit nursing and long-term care facilities.

Public Health Nurses

In Japan, public health nursing activities are addressed at the local level by nurses who are qualified as 窶徘ublic health nurses窶. Fragmentation and separation of health and welfare administrations has created a system where public health nurses are allocated dispersedly and/ or in task-oriented ways. This has been criticized for having an adverse effect on the activities of public health nurses. There is also a risk that this could undermine the competency of public health nurses, in terms of their ability to effectively handle the increasingly difficult, wide-ranging and complex issues they face at the local level. In an effort to improve this situation, we are working to establish a concrete framework for public health nurses窶 activities and to strengthen their capacities.

Midwives

As the number of childbirth facilities continues to fall, improvement of a safe and secure environment for local childbirth services is becoming an urgent priority. JNA works to redress the uneven distribution of the workplaces of midwives and strengthen the competency of midwife, to ensure that all expectant mothers and newborn babies receive the highest quality of care. For more details, please see the 窶廴idwifery in Japan窶 section.

International Activities

We are involved in a wide range of international activities, including dissemination of information about Japanese nursing to other countries, exchange activities with the member associations of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), and organizing the Japan-China-Korea Nursing Conference in conjunction with nursing associations in all three countries.

Publicity

  • Nursing Day
    May 12 is 窶廸ursing Day窶 in Japan. The week containing May 12, from Sunday to Saturday, is also set aside as 窶廸ursing Week窶. In order to underpin our aging society in the 21st century, we all need to share the same spirit of nursing, caring and helping one another. In an effort to instill that same spirit in people throughout the society, whether male or female, old or young, Nursing Day was established in 1990. Activities include nursing experiences and school visits by nurses who provide the classes emphasizing the preciousness of life and the spirit of nursing.
  • Short videos introducing nurses窶冽ork
    On the Japanese version of the JNA website, we have posted short videos for junior and senior high school students, showing the various ways in which nurses, public health nurses and midwives make a real difference at the various settings.

Disaster Relief Activities

  • Disaster relief nurses
    Japan窶冱 geography, topography and natural climate make it susceptible to typhoons, torrential rains, heavy snowfall, earthquakes and other natural disasters. Ever since the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake claimed the lives of over 6,000 people in January 1995, we have established a disaster relief network system with prefectural nursing associations. The system is designed so that disaster relief nurses registered with prefectural nursing associations can be dispatched to disaster-stricken areas at the request of the local nursing association in the area. We conduct support activities in line with the scale of the disaster, such as (i) support activities within the prefecture, (ii) support activities from neighboring prefectures or (iii) support activities on a national scale. To ensure that we are prepared to carry out relief activities on a national scale, we organize joint emergency drills in partnership with prefectural nursing associations every year, to practice dispatching and coordinating disaster relief nurses.
    The Great East Japan Earthquake, which hit with a magnitude of 9.0 on March 11, 2011 and triggered a massive tsunami, left countless victims in its wake. A total of 938 disaster relief nurses were dispatched during the two-month period after the earthquake, with the overall number dispatches totaling 3,770. For more details of JNA窶冱 activities following the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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