The Japan Academy of Nursing Education was established in 1991 succeeding the National Nursing Education Research Institute. The present number of the Academy members has already exceeded 3,000. This Academy aims at heightening members’ knowledge and abilities, thereby contributing to the development of nursing education. For these purposes, the Academy holds an annual academic conference focusing on important themes related to nursing education, and also prepares various lecture meetings, study groups and workshops.
The National Nursing Education Research Institute, the predecessor of the Japan Academy of Nursing Education, was established in 1952. It started as an association of full-time teachers for nursing education on the occasion of the meeting of association members who had finished the training course for full-time teachers of nursing-education institutes. The association was first named as the Nursing Education Research Center, and afterwards was renamed as the National Nursing Education Research Institute.
Since then, the National Nursing Education Research Institute continued its activities to heighten the knowledge and abilities of its members, thereby contribute to the development of nursing education. This was accomplished through holding lecture meetings, study groups and workshops with themes which were important and appropriate at the time.
Those meetings and workshops are now playing the role of offering opportunities at the national level for the study of nursing education and are participated in by roughly 1,000 members every year. The study activities are advancing and are fruitful with their enriched contents.
On July 29, 1991, the National Nursing Education Research Institute was renamed as the Japan Academy of Nursing Education. The first President was Ms. Tokiko Yoshida. The Academy has maintained the activities based on the Institute’s past experience and records, while maintaining the Institute’s original vision and reflecting social changes and the progress of nursing science.
The objectives of the Japan Academy of Nursing Education is to heighten the level of nursing education and contribute to the development of nursing science.
Members of the Japan Academy of Nursing Education understand that it must contribute to society through deepening and promoting research, discussion and exchange activities in the nursing field, systematizing nursing education and developing the limitless potentialities of nursing education.
We hope that persons concerned will understand the objectives of the Japan Academy of Nursing Education, and that they will render their support and cooperation to the development of nursing education.
The establishment of the National Nursing Education Research Institute originated in a lecture meeting for nursing education held in July of 1951. The meeting was held on the basis of the discussions on the nursing problems made in May of the same year at the Women’s College of the Japan Red Cross Society by alumnae of the training course of full-time teachers for nursing education after they had attended the general assembly of the Japanese Nursing Association. The National Nursing Education Research Institute issued its newsletter, which marked the 81st issue in March of 1991. The inaugural issue was published in September of 1952. In the first three issues, “Candle and Candlestick” was used as an illustration of the newsletter. From the fourth issue on, “flowers,” “fruits” or “scenes of streets” were adopted occasionally.
A commemorative ceremony of the Institute’s 30th anniversary was held in 1981, when the executive members planned to prepare a commemorative gift attractive and suitable to participants. After discussions, they adopted the “Candle and Candlestick” in the design of a paperweight for the gift. The design is introduced by the picture on this page. The paperweight with the design of “Candle and Candlestick” was received quite favorably. Since then, this design has become the symbol mark of the Institute and has been used for the newsletter from the 62nd issue published on October 25 of 1981. It is believed that this design is already well known to all members as readers of the newsletter.
Ten years later, in 1991, the National Nursing Education Research Institute celebrated the 40th anniversary of its establishment. On this occasion, too, the Institute decided to prepare a gift with the same design to commemorate the 40th anniversary. The gift was a “bookmarker” carrying the design (Please refer to the same picture).
The design of “Candle and Candlestick” was carried over as the symbol mark of the newly born Japan Academy of Nursing Education.