ISONG Asian / Far East Region
Regional Ambassador - Japan
Michiko Mizoguchi, PN, Ph.D
The role of nurses in genetics
In 1999, Genetic Nursing Committee in Japan was established which expanded into The Japan Society of Genetic Nursing in 2005. Seven areas of competency of genetic nursing practice in Japan are listed: 1) identifying client’s needs, 2) helping clients to understand their conditions and characteristics, 3) psychological support, 4) provision and exchange of appropriate genetic information among health care providers, 5) daily living support, 6) reference and collaboration with other institutions, and 7) professional development. Furthermore, they identified competency of nurses who specializes in Genetic Nursing (Advanced Level practice) as 4) provision and exchange of appropriate genetic information among health care providers, 6) reference and collaboration with other institutions and 2) helping clients to understand their conditions and characteristics (Arimori et al. 2004).
In November 2016, the Japanese Nursing Association authorized “Genetic Nursing” as a new field of certified nurse specialists (CNS) in Japan. The Japan Society of Genetic Nursing will lead efforts to develop and support the new role the “Certified Nurse Specialist in Genetic Nursing”. The expected role includes the following: 1) Advanced practice (including identifying problems based by genetic assessment and dealing with the genetic/genomic problems), 2) Consultation, 3) Coordination, 4) Ethical consideration, 5) Education, and 6) Research.
[The Japanese Society of Genetic Nursing]
The Japanese Society of Genetic Nursing is a professional association founded for the purpose of defining the nurse’s role in genetic medicine, and developing and advancing the quality of genetic nursing services.
To fulfill its mission, The Japan Society of Genetic Nursing has been undertaking the following academic enterprises:
(1) Annual Conference
(2)Publication within academic journal “Journal of Japanese Society of Genetic Nursing”
(3)Holding seminars with other related academic societies
Competencies of genetic nursing practice in Japan: A comparison between basic and advanced levels. (2007) Arimori N, Nakagomi S, Mizoguchi M, Morita M, Ando H, Mori A, Horiuchi S, Holzemer L. Japan Journal of Nursing Science. 4, 45-55
The role requested for Nurses participating Genetic/Genome medicine. (2017) Naoko Arimori, Mikiko Aoki, Yoko Susaka, Yuko Takeda, Michiko Mizoguchi, Hiromi Moriya, Japan Society of Genetic Nursing (in Japanese)