The Japan Society of Nursing Research (JSNR) was formally recognized on April 1, 2009 as a general incorporated association. However, it held its first academic conference in 1975 in Tokushima Prefecture. Three years later, in 1978, it released the first issue of its scientific journal, the 38th volume of which was published this year. With its current member base of over 6,000 individuals, the JSNR has grown into one of the larger nursing-related academic societies in Japan.
Back when the Society was founded, the science of nursing had not yet gained enough public acceptance to be treated as a legitimate field for university-level training. That was the climate during which I received my own nursing education at my university. Nursing education in Japan was first offered as a part of the university education curriculum in the early 1970s. At that time, most of the instructors involved in nursing education were scholars from closely related fields. When the JSNR was established, many of its members were researchers from other academic backgrounds. Despite the task of pursuing their own individual research themes, these members demonstrated an unparalleled enthusiasm for the scholarly advancement of the nursing science. Reflecting this historical backdrop to the establishment of the JSNR, many of its members today are researchers and educators engaged in an array of fields that range from medicine and psychology to education and engineering. In fact, the JSNR is arguably the only nursing-related academic society capable of articulating a vision for the future development of the nursing science from an interdisciplinary perspective. Along with recent shifts in social structure, Japanese society has demonstrated heightened demand for and expectations toward nursing care. As an outcome of this trend, the field of nursing science has achieved rapid advances together with huge strides in nursing education at the university level. Given its pivotal position within the Japanese nursing profession, the JSNR has been instrumental in facilitating these stunning gains.
It was within this setting that I became a participant in the activities of the JSNR as a university student and now as a member actively engaged in the organization’s management and operations. The JSNR has multiple roles to play, and not only within the context of fostering the advancement of nursing as a scholarly discipline. As an incorporated association, I believe we also have a mission to make contributions to society and promote the academic development of the nursing science for future generations, and as an academic organization, we bear a responsibility to show leadership. The JSNR has contributed to the progress of nursing science with a perspective that is not limited in scope but transcends academic boundaries through a careful assimilation of views from scholars in other fields. This is one of the hallmarks of our organization that sets it apart from other academic societies in the nursing science.
As president, I pledge to help the Japan Society of Nursing Research sustain the fervor of its founding members, return to its roots in the spirit of enthusiasm that brought it into being, and continue with its efforts to encourage fresh advances in the future nursing science that tomorrow’s society will look forward to and need.
Takayasu Kawaguchi, President
Japan Society of Nursing Research