Taipei, Taiwan; Geneva, Switzerland, 23 May 2005 - Hiroko Minami, outstanding nursing leader in Japan and internationally, has been elected as the 25th President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
The election took place in the context of ICN's governing body meeting - the Council of National Representatives
(CNR) - during the 23rd ICN Quadrennial Congress held in Taipei, Taiwan.Four thousand nurses from more than 130 countries gathered at the Congress, to share knowledge and discuss global health care priorities. Dr. Minami will serve as ICN President for one four year term.She is currently President of the Japanese Nurses Association and Director of the Japanese Academy of Nursing Science.She has worked extensively in psychiatric nursing, education, research, and administration and has contributed her nursing expertise to international activities as an ICN Board Member and as a member of WHO Global Meeting on Nursing/Midwifery. Dr. Minami played an active leadership role in developing a nursing network system at the time of Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.From this experience, she established the Japan Society of Disaster Nursing to promote disaster nursing in Japan.She
also assumed leadership in the JNA activities of supporting disaster victims in Taiwan, Turkey, India, Iran and countries hit by the recent tsunami disaster. Nationally, Hiroko Minami is the founder of the first doctoral programme and mental health nursing specialist programme in Japan and has contributed extensively to the development of the nurse specialist systems in Japan.She
has received many awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award
from the University of California, San Francisco
and the Women Helping Women Award from the Soroptimist International of the Americas.