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Standing committees

Higher Education Administration Policy Committee
  1. Promptly grasp the nursing goals and social trends from nursing related review meetings organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), discuss the views and directions of the Japan Association of Nursing Programs in Universities (JANPU), and report the results to members when required.
    1)  Organize information related to nursing administration at nursing universities and provide information to members.
  2. Investigate the tasks related to academic administration at nursing universities and review reinforcement measures.
  3. Conduct survey and research on the MEXT-commissioned research project “Survey on Ideal Methods of Fostering Medical Practitioners at Universities, 2016 Nursing University Bachelor Program Training and Establishment of Standards” (MEXT- commissioned research project fee)

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Quality Improvement Committee for Nursing Education

2016 Themes

  1. Review the need and method of providing consultation service to member universities
    With the growing number of nursing universities, advice related to education and university management is increasingly being sought, mainly from newly established schools. It is important for JANPU to be aware of it, and provide our basic views and solutions to enhance the quality of education at nursing universities. Review the needs of consultation services and the feasibility of responding to those needs. Conduct a survey on member schools if required.
  2. Review ideal practical training methods at nursing universities, and objectives of drawing up standards (draft)
    In this research theme, review “ideal practical training methods in nursing university bachelor programs and objectives of drawing up standards” in the age of comprehensive regional care based on the study results to date.

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Steering Committee for Evaluation System on Nursing Programs in Universities

Establish an organization to evaluate nursing education and conduct evaluations on a few schools in each specialist area of the bachelor program.

  1. Objective
    Review evaluation standards for promoting evaluation by field of specialty, and the implementation system
  2. Activity Plan
    1)  Draw up and spread core curriculum based on core competency
    ・Verify principles and objectives of designing core curriculum, etc.
    ・Design core curriculum taking into account assessments by field
    2)  Review of evaluation standards
    (i)  Streamlining
    (ii)  Incorporation of viewpoints on education outcome
    (iii)  Clarification of scale for measuring education outcome
    (from both aspects of quality and quantity)
    3)  Establish evaluation system
    (i)  Collection of broad range of information including other fields in Japan
    (ii)  Proposals based on information collected domestically in Japan and abroad, etc.
  3. Committee meeting (to be held about six times a year)

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Approval Committee for Advanced Practice Nurse Curriculum

Promote accreditation of the educational curriculum for advanced practice nurses and contribute to increasing and enhancing the quality of advanced practice nurses.

  1. New accreditation of the educational curriculum for advanced practice nurses
    Based on applications from member universities, set up technical sectional meetings (14 sectional meetings of certified nurse specialists, one sectional meeting for nurse practitioners), to certify educational curriculum.
  2. Renew accreditation by the educational curriculum for advanced practice nurses (10th year)
    Based on applications from member universities certified more than 10 years, set up a renewal screening group and renew the accreditation of educational curriculum.
  3. Provide information on accreditation of the educational curriculum for advanced practice nurses and enhance consultation services
    In the case of applications for 26 units of credit for certified nurse specialists (renewal application), 38 units of credit for certified nurse specialists, and 46 units of credit for nurse practitioners, respond to questions and inquiries from member universities, and support certification applications.
  4. Create 2017 screening guide
    Create a 2017 version and distribute to member universities. The screening guide (including application format) is also placed on the JANPU website.
  5. Review screening criteria, etc.
    Review screening criteria, etc. related to the educational curriculum.
  6. Definition of an educational curriculum of advanced practice nurses
    Carry out discussions based on standards if new fields are identified and registered.
    Also implement collaboration and information exchange with related organizations.

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Public Relation and Publishing Committee

Aim of activities: to support the progress of nursing education by providing information on nursing to member universities and their communities.

  1. Review and implement promotion strategies for the community
    1)  Enhance the “Let’s Study Nursing at University!” campaign
    2)  Provide information to media, high schools (about 8,900 schools), and high school students
  2. Improve website
    1)  Create website contents to deepen the understanding of JANPU activities and nursing education at the university, including videos (Part 2) for high school students and teachers.
    2)  Enhance JANPU’s database (“The Database of JANPU (DOJ)”)
    3)  Improve the English website
  3. Other promotion activities

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Committee for International Affairs
  1. Objective
    1)  Promote the internationalization of nursing universities (accept students from abroad, enhance the international communication skills of undergraduate and graduate school students, promote information exchange and build cooperative relations in nursing education, international joint studies, etc.).
    2)  Promote academic exchange with nursing researchers and educators from various countries, mainly countries participating in the East Asian Forum of Nursing Scholars (EAFONS).
  2. Activities plans
    1)  Gather information on international exchange activities in undergraduate and graduate programs of nursing universities.
    2)  Hold training aimed at supporting conference presentations by students in English (once).
    3)  Provide support for the 20th EAFONS and participate in the Executive Committee meeting held during the 20th EAFONS.
    4)  Install booth introducing nursing universities in Japan during the 20th EAFONS.
    5)  Respond to the needs of countries in relation to international activities in a timely manner.

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Database Committee

Quantitatively determine the learning environment, educational content, social roles, etc. of JANPU member universities annually, review ideal nursing education of JANPU and member universities, prepare fundamental data for proposing educational policies and nursing policies, etc. in the aim to further enhancing nursing education.
Efforts in 2015 included the questionnaire survey conducted every year, to which new questions reflecting survey requests from MEXT were added, such as the relation between harassment and compliance, relation of training facilities, as well public health nurse and midwife training, with the aim of creating a database which is even more useful to member universities. In 2016, we started using a new method to assess our surveys to further enhance the survey response rate. In order to obtain more reliable data, survey contents were enhanced, and at the same time, information which could not be obtained in surveys by other organizations was studied to build a database providing reference information to member universities.

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Committee for Disaster Response

Aims to promote the smooth and appropriate operation of disaster response through discussions on risk management common to nursing universities, such as disaster prevention, safety systems, and harassment control at universities.

  1. Create specific networks when disasters occur and plan support measures.
  2. Analyze problems faced in risk management at universities from the database. Conduct questionnaire surveys as required.

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Ad hoc committees

Officer Nomination Committee

Conduct activities required for selecting candidate directors when commissioned by the board of directors, and report the progress of the committee activities and results, etc. to the board.

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Review Committee for Yogo Teacher Training
  1. Objective
    Of the 125 universities with a class 1 license for the yogo teacher training curriculum, 78 are nursing universities (as of 2013). The Educational Personnel Certification Law was also revised in 2016, and the teacher training curriculum is expected to be revised in all universities by 2018/2019. This committee thus aims to continue its efforts from 2014 and 2015 as a temporary committee such as review the yogo teacher training curriculum serving as the foundation for fostering nursing skills, assuring nursing education quality, providing information on curriculum revision, and building the network of yogo teacher training universities.
  2. Activities Plan
    1)  Yogo teachers with nursing skills trained at nursing universities
    (i)  Review and inform others of the core competency of yogo teachers based on nursing skills.
    (ii)  Provide information on the revision of the yogo teacher training curriculum of MEXT to member universities, and proposals for the revised yogo teacher training curriculum. Proposals
    (iii)  Hold workshops for member universities with a class 1 license for the yogo teacher training curriculum.
    2)  Exchange information with MEXT, the Japanese Teacher in Charge of Health Education Training University Conference, and Association of Yogo Teachers.

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Steering Committee for Advanced Practice Nurse(~FY2015)

Ad hoc committee which reviews and proposes measures for establishing systems for advanced practice nursing.

  1. Conducts activities to ensure smooth revision of the certified nurse specialist educational curriculum for the development of advanced practice nursing and smooth approval of these advanced practice nursing from 2012, and also review support for certified nurse specialists who completed the curriculum with 26 credits.
  2. Discusses the certification of those completing the revised certified nurse specialist educational curriculum with 38 credits with the Japanese Nursing Association.
  3. Regarding the revision of the certified nurse specialist educational curriculum and advanced practice nursing, conduct PR activities on related organizations such as the Japanese Association of Certified Nurse Specialists and the community.
  4. List problems of the current system being used by advanced practice nursing and provide suggestions.
  5. For specific nurses (tentative name), which are currently being discussed, based on the current situation that specific nurses are not required to have graduate school education, share opinions as required while watching discussion progress.
  6. Review the ideals of third party organizations certifying advanced practice nursing.

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