The TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program Wraps After Six Months

On December 11, the TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program concluded its six-month disaster nursing and leadership program with a public online reporting session. 

The reporting session consisted of a group presentation, two individual presentations, a panel discussion by the mentors, and an alumni presentation. During the group presentation, Haruka Hisamatsu shared the discussion she had with the other students in her cohort during the study tour of the United States. She learned that there was a difference in how to triage patients between the United States and Japan. “It does not mean one is right and the other is wrong. We discussed why one does it one way and the other does it the other way, and by thinking about where the difference was coming from, we were able to broaden our perspectives and knowledge.”

Misaki Kagawa concluded her individual presentation by saying “If my presentation made you think “I want to try!” and “sounds fun!” please put that feeling into action.  I put my feeling into action and joined this program, and the action became my asset.  I am sure it will be yours, too.”

Mr. Andrew Wheatly, Vice President of Communication & Public Affairs, Asia Pacific, at Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Japan congratulated the participants through his video message and said he was very excited to learn about where they will end up in five to ten years.

Nine nursing students and two mentors across Japan participated in the 2022 program. The participants completed the pre-trip seminars in Sendai and Tokyo, the online U.S. study tour, the post-trip seminar in Hyogo, and the group project at Bosai Kokutai (Disaster Prevention Conference) during the program.