JSCN ACADEMIC CONFERENCES
Report on the 31st Annual Conference of the Japanese Society of Cancer Nursing
The 31st Annual Conference of the Japanese Society of Cancer Nursing was held on February 4 and 5, 2017, with Professor Sawa Fujita (University of Kochi) serving as chairperson. The venue for the conference, Kochi Prefecture, is a place of abundant greenery, with forests covering 80% of the prefectural land mass. Numerous regular markets (street markets) are held in the central area of the prefecture, including some that have been running for 300 years or more. The natural environment and traditions of Kochi provided the backdrop for this highly successful conference, which attracted around 3,500 delegates.
The theme of this year’s conference was Expansive Progress in Cancer Nursing: Exploring the Unknown. Great changes in the medical environment and social conditions surrounding cancer nursing are making the future increasingly difficult to predict, and the time has come to think about the roles and contributions of cancer nursing. This conference set its sights on the advancement of cancer nursing through integration of different capabilities, including integration of cancer nursing practice, research, and education; integration with other types of nursing professionals; and integration with other fields of academic endeavor. With invited experts from other fields and speakers from outside Japan, conference delegates pursued learning beyond disciplinary and national borders and gained insights into challenges that need to be addressed in the future.
The guest speaker from overseas was Dr. Winnie KW So, president of the Asian Oncology Nursing Society. Dr. So also took the podium at the international activities committee session to give a lecture on the “Utilization of Chinese Medicine for Cancer Care in Hong Kong.” Participants expressed high levels of satisfaction regarding this session, which furnished an opportunity to consider the integration of Western and Eastern medicine.
There were also numerous general presentations—163 oral and 421 poster presentations—and the integration of delegates’ knowledge created a fresh sense for the potential of cancer nursing. A variety of other programs were conducted over the two days of the conference, and fruitful discussions were pursued from a diversity of standpoints.
Report on the 30th Annual Conference of the Japanese Society of Cancer Nursing
The 30th Annual Conference of the Japanese Society of Cancer Nursing was held over two days on February 20 and 21, 2016, at Makuhari Messe and Hotel New Otani Makuhari in Chiba City. This conference, which commemorated the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Japanese Society of Cancer Nursing (JSCN), included a variety of lectures and sessions pertaining to the theme, “Cancer nursing that challenges: Integration of research and practices to explore the future.” The chairperson of the conference, Kiyoko Kanda, is a professor in the Graduate School of Health Sciences, Gunma University. The conference was a great success, with more than 5,000 participants—mainly domestic cancer nurses, educators, and researchers—and 169 oral and 377 poster research presentations.
The chairperson’s lecture emphasized the importance of a more comprehensive assimilation of research and practices for organizing support systems to maintain and improve the quality of life, especially for elderly cancer patients and integrated community care. Japan is approaching 2025, when baby boomers will become 75 years old or older, and a major issue is constructing the community where people can live actively and safely, even when they are suffering with cancer in the super aging society. Considering the above issues, we had a chance to think about the challenges of cancer nursing in the future.
In addition, as a special project associated with this commemorative conference, an event entitled “JSCN 30th Anniversary Symposium: Nursing research for the next 10 years and its contribution to society” was held. President of JSCN, Hiroko Komatsu, served as the chair; topics included “the future of nursing research that takes into account the changes in cancer nursing,” presented by Harue Arao, a professor in the Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, and the chair of the international activities committee of JSCN. Ayako Mori, OCNS at National Cancer Center Hospital, made a presentation regarding “prospective cancer nursing,” and Dr. Shoho Hayashi, a former clinician-government official of the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and the head of Office Hayashi, made a presentation about “the importance of cancer nursing for cancer control.” It was a valuable time for discussing directions to be taken in future cancer nursing research and clinical care. At the gala dinner, the ceremony to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of JSCN was held; it was a heartwarming party to declare the development of our academic society and its contributions to our society.
As the project of the international activities committee, we held an international exchange symposium regarding sharing of the concept of “team approached medicine” with an NP licensed in the US and a physician, both of whom have actual experience working in US hospitals. Presenters were Dr. Ryuichi Sekine, the chief of the Department of Palliative Care, Kameda Medical Center, and Miho Suzuki, a member of the international activities committee, Cancer Institute Hospital, Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research. The vice chair of the international activities committee, Atsuko Uchinuno, served as a moderator. Dr. Sekine talked about the essence of palliative care from the early stages, challenges in the development of a multidisciplinary team approach, and advantages of cancer nursing in the US from a physician’s perspective. His discussion emanated from his own experiences as a palliative care physician in cancer centers and university hospitals in the US. Committee member Suzuki reflected on her experiences of working as an NP in the US, the status of NPs in the US, the roles and autonomous activities of NPs, and the actual situations of team approached medicine; topics also included the importance of interprofessional collaboration. In the discussion, we were able to exchange opinions about what teamwork means and the difficulty of coordination as well as the barriers in other professions. It was a situation in which the discussion was never over, but we were able to close the symposium by reaching the consensus that the important issue is fostering the mentality for promoting a true team approached medicine. We are thankful that more than 100 participants joined the symposium. In the future, the international activities committee would like to continue to provide projects that integrate international perspectives and nursing practices and research.