Disaster Nursing Development of a Center of Excellence for Disaster Nursing in a Ubiquitous Society Information Base for Disaster Nursing Knowledge and Skills to Protect Lives
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University of Hyogo, Graduate School of Nursing
The 21st Century Center of Excellence Program
TO ICN conference in Yohoma!

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The International Council of Nurses (ICN) International Conference, together with the Council of National Representatives (CNR), were held in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, from May 27th to June 1st, 2007.

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) International Conference, together with the Council of National Representatives (CNR), were held in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, from May 27th to June 1st, 2007. I will report here on the academic conference held from May 29th. Approximately 3700 nurses from 109 countries gathered together for this 4-day conference.

Opening ceremony
Opening ceremony

The Conference had not been held in Japan since the 16th Congress was held in Tokyo, 30 years ago in 1977.  The president of the ICN is Hiroko Minami, who is also Vice-President of our University and Executive Director of the Research Institute of Nursing Care for People and Community. Of course, as nurses from the host country, our entire faculty not only participated, but also worked hard together to make the conference a success. The Opening Ceremony was held in the National Convention Hall on May 29th. The presidents of national nursing associations affiliated with the ICN entered in procession, many of them in national costume.  Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al-Hussein of Jordan, who spoke at the conference, graced the stage and as each country's name was called, members of the audience waved flags. The atmosphere was like the "Olympics" of professional nursing associations.

  The theme of the conference was “Nurses at the Forefront: Dealing with the Unexpected”, and the aim was to share nursing experiences and expert knowledge on nursing in unexpected situations. The theme of “unexpected situations” was directly relevant to our own COE Disaster Nursing program, and each project team participated in research presentations or symposia. I will discuss a few of the contributions.

In one of the main sessions on May30th, “Disaster Response: Lessons Learned”, one of the three speakers was Professor Aiko Yamamoto (COE Program Leader). In her presentation, she reported on lessons learned in the nursing world from disasters in Japan as well as what had been achieved.  She also talked about the COE program. 

On the same day, Professor Yamamoto also acted as moderator for a symposium on the “Current state and issues for disaster nursing education in master programs”. In this symposium, Dr Linda Norman of Vanderbilt University talked about the state of disaster nursing education in the USA and related issues, while Mr. Kevin David of Glamorgan University, Scotland, made a presentation on a European master’s degree program in nursing that is officially recognized throughout the European Union. The state of disaster nursing education and master’s degree programs in Japan were also discussed. There were a number of other research presentations as well.

Professor Aiko Yamamoto
Professor Aiko Yamamoto

Disaster response: Lessons Learned

Speakers: Milka Boyani Isinta Okiri (Kenyatta Hospital, Kenya); Karen Drenkard (INOVA Health System, USA); Aiko Yamamoto (University of Hyogo, Japan)  
National Convention Hall, 11:30-12:50, English, French, Spanish (Japanese simultaneous interpretation)
Disasters, natural or human made, are occurring worldwide and causing widespread destruction and distress. Most disasters occur suddenly and are unexpected. Nurses are at the forefront caring for those affected. With nurses’expertise in dealing with disasters and the unexpected, what lessons have we learned, and how does this impact future disaster planning? How do we deal with disasters in the long term How do we protect the care givers and relief workers? Lessons learned are vital for advancing disaster planning and the care of disaster victims, nurses, and others.
Learning objective 1: Understand the scope and impact of disasters in health services and nursing practice.

Learning objective 2: Present lessons learned in disaster relief.


On June 1st, the WPRO Regional Advisor on Nursing, Ms. Fritsch, called a meeting on disaster nursing. Approximately 50 people took part, including 19 of our faculty members. During the meeting Professor Yamamoto, the CEO Program Leader, talked about the organization's projects as well as its designation as a WHO Collaborating Center, which will be officially recognized at a ceremony to be held on June 12th.

In order to promote our COE program to the world, we also had an exhibition stand. The exhibition stand was used to introduce the University of Hyogo College of Nursing Art and Science, the Research Institute of Nursing Care for People and Community and an outline of the COE program. Reports and pamphlets were also distributed.

We prepared English and Japanese versions of the booklets published on the Internet by each of the Nursing Care Method Development projects, so that people could actually pick them up and look through them. Many people from both inside and outside Japan visited the stand, and we received requests to take part in collaborative research projects, as well as questions from educators from other countries about the disaster nursing curriculum. The stand was an excellent place for exchanging information.

We also received a lot of encouragement from visitors to the stand, who said things like, “You are doing important research” and “I'll look at your homepage”. Many of the people who casually stopped by were also able to learn more about disaster nursing from the posters we displayed around our stand.
Exhibition booth
Exhibition booth
COE Organization Chart
Presentation Schedule of Our Faculty in ICN Yokohama
May30 (Wed)
Milka Boyani Isinta OKIRI
(Kenyatta Hospital, Kenya);
(INOVA Health System, U.S.)
Disaster Responses: Lessons Learned  
May30 (Wed)
Poster Area Ikuko MORIGUCHI Development of PHC activities in Indonesia after the “Nursing In PHC” training in Japan for Indonesian community health nursing Leaders  
May30 (Wed)
Poster Area Aiko YAMAMOTO Disaster nursing in a ubiquitous society, Japan  
May30 (Wed)
Poster Area Masumi AZUMA Developing an Earthquake Preparedness Check System on the Web Kanzaki, H.;
Katayama, T,;
Suto, S,;
Nozawa, M,;
May30 (Wed)
Poster Area Kazumi OKADA Study on improvement and promotion of disaster prevention awareness in nurses working in pediatric wards Implementation of daily disaster prevention simulation using a care package Katsuda, H.;
Kosako, Y.;
Miyake, K.;
Terashita, K.;
Kako, M.;
Inoue, M.;
Katada, N.
May30 (Wed)
Kevin DAVIES (U.K.) ;
Linda NORMAN (U.S.) ;
Current state and issues for disaster nursing education at master program   
May31 (Thu)
Poster Area Noriko CHIKAZAWA Development of post-disaster mental health care package for nurses Tamaki, A.;
Harada, N.;
Kamachi, A.;
Aoyama, N.;
Kawada, M.;
Marumoto, N.
May31 (Thu)
Poster Area Satoko WATANABE Development of disaster guidelines for pregnant women and postpartum mothers in overseas verification of the validity of the guidelines Yamamoto, A.;
Kudo, Y.;
Nozawa, M.
June1 (Fri)
Small Auditorium
Yumiko KATSUHARA Great future as a nurse entrepreneur Williamson, A.;
Kazumi, T.;
Leibowitz, S. Y.
June 1 (Fri)
Poster Area Sakiko KANBARA Psychological determinant of exercise in Indonesian students; A Study using Transtheoretical Model Veronica Indah
Widi Hastuti
June 1 (Fri)
Poster Area Yoshie TAKATANI A study of nurse managers' innovative management   
June 1 (Fri)
Poster Area Yoshiko KUDO A liaison system to provide nursing care for pregnant and postpartum women in medical institutions in disaster Yamamoto, A.;
Watanabe, S.;
Nakayama, A.;
Nozawa, M.;
Yasunari, T.
June 1 (Fri)
Poster Area Aiko YAMAMOTO Development of the guidelines of disaster preparedness for pregnant women, postpartum mothers, their families, and for nurses Kudo, Y.;
Watanabe, S.;
Nakayama, A.
June 1 (Fri)
Poster Area Hatsumi KANZAKI Volunteer nurses-operated town healthcare room and universities' support in Hyogo prefecture, Japan Ohno, K.;
Okamoto, R.;
Uchinuno, A.
June 1 (Fri)
Poster Area Kazuko KAMIIZUMI Development of a web-based nursing care quality improvement system in Japan Katada, N.;
Uchinuno, A.;
Sakashita, R.;
Awaya, N.;
Sakurai, R.;
Tei, K.
Disaster Phase
Target care reciver Useful manuals
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Disaster Preparedness Check
Ai’s and Rabi’s “Disaster Nursing TV”
Core Competencies Required for Disaster Nursing
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