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Infrastructure Development for the Promotion of Intercultural Nursing/Care

Implementing Agency Kyoto University Graduate School of Letters Department of Sociology (Japan) Year 1/2
Project classification Self-OperatedGrantCommissionedOthers Year project budget implementation 5,900,000yen
Project Contents
In the national nursing exams held in February 2010, three people passed out of all the candidates from Indonesia and the Philippines. While increased attention is being paid to knowledge of successful cases, institutions that would potentially employ foreign care workers are reluctant to pass on details of the problems and issues that arise when providing care, and there is little sharing of such information between people in the field.

In this project, a multi-language guidebook on acceptance of foreign medical personnel and welfare workers into Japanese medical institutions will be created. Moreover, networks created during this process, as well as workshops and other events to publicize the program, will be used as a means to share with those concerned information and experience on employment of foreign workers.
Implementation Plan
In the first year of the two-year project, the following activities will be carried out.

  • General meetings for the creation of the guidebook
    General meetings will be held for multiple stakeholders (employing institutions, nurses, Japanese language teachers, foreign nurses, care worker candidates, researchers). At the meetings, the participants will discuss experience and know-how relevant to employment of foreign workers, and coordinate the writing of content for the guidebook (4 meetings planned, Kyoto University)
  • Surveys for collection of case studies
    Local surveys will be carried out to collect information on domestic experience and findings relevant to employment of foreign care workers. Furthermore, to better understand the situation in countries sending workers overseas, interviews will be carried out in Indonesia and the Philippines. Members of the general meetings will take part in the surveys as appropriate given the specific member's findings/experience/know-how. While conducting the surveys, the members will attempt to build networks with those surveyed.
  • Creation of the guidebook
    The members of the general meetings will author around thirty sections (case studies and analysis) of a guidebook (initially in Japanese) aimed at resolving issues in employment of overseas workers. The sections will focus on topics including adapting to work overseas, employment, continuous learning and other relevant issues.
Project Results
The purpose of this project is to create a guidebook on hiring foreign workers in the medical and social welfare fields. The project aims to support businesses that share experiences of hiring foreign workers through networking activities
based on its efforts, multilingual versions of its guidebooks, and workshop sponsorship.

In the first year, a committee was formed for fine-tuning the workings of the system, and a conference was convened of all stakeholders (hiring institutions, nurses, Japanese language teachers, foreign nursing and care worker candidates, and researchers) for reviewing all expertise and adjusting the written content of its guidebooks.