In order to ensure best practices, this laboratory aims for (1) practical research and development promoting best practice quality, (2) the nurturing of nursing leaders who can spread and utilize specific and appropriate best practices into the workplace, and (3) the exploration of ethical best practices that respect the values of all parties involved.
The Laboratory on Innovative Research and Practices for Nursing (WAKABA-no-kai) was founded to encourage young investigators to improve their research ability through observance of their potential. Investigators with different areas of expertise are involved in creative research taking advantage of flexible mindset and unremitting energy, which are unique to the youth. The interdisciplinary activities are expected to contribute to the future development of nursing care and the enrichment of nursing education. Their current projects and activities will be discussed in the Open Research Forum.
The development of genetic/genomic information analysis technology has been remarkable, and the use of genetic/genomic information has been expanded in various fields in medicine. Especially in cancer medical care, genomic information has been utilized widely in diagnosis and treatment, and the role of nurses is also expanding. I will introduce the results of investigating the actual roles and the learning needs of the Certified Nursing Specialists in cancer nursing, as well as the current educational program for nurses.
Because of increase of patients with chronic disease, shorter length of hospital stay, and advanced medical therapy at ambulance, some outpatients have severe physical status and need help for daily life. However, ambulatory nurses are busy to do their task, so it is difficult to find the patients’ home care need and provide adequate advice or support. I will introduce current status of ambulatory nurse’s atitude and activity to support outpatients’ home care needs, and outpatients’s situation of daily life, anxiety for future and so on.
Pulmonary hypertension is a rare intractable disease, patients experience symptoms such as dyspnea and palpitations at the time of exertion, chest pain, syncope etc. As a result of recent development in medicine, various highly effective drugs have been developed. However, in daily life, patients are forced not to run and climb stairs. Patients easily experience loss of work or social roles, which can lead to deterioration of QOL. Therefore, we are conducting a research and giving lectures at patient associations, holding workshops to provide nursing support so that patients can live their lives vividly.
The numbers of reported child abuse counseling cases in Japan are increasing, and real mothers and real fathers accounts for over 80% of the abusers. Disastrous consequences due to delays of experts intervention has not yet diminished, and abuse prevention and support for abused children and abused parents is an important issue. I will introduce the Japanese version of the Finnish support tool Papa Card, developed focusing on the recovery from a traumatic experience of a man who becomes a perpetrators of abuse and provide an opportunity to think about mental health of fathers raising children.