World Society of Disaster Nursing Greeting from Chairperson

Establishment of an international society of disaster nursing has been required, to promoteinternational academic exchange and collaborative research

On behalf of the Board members and the World Society of Disaster Nursing (WSDN), We would like to express our deep condolences and sympathy for those affected by the earthquakes in Nepal. Many lives and livelihoods were lost.  I send our collective wishes for speedy recovery and safety of the victims and survivors.

In May 2007, the Japan Society of Disaster Nursing (JSDN) initiated a committee to found an international society of disaster nursing with participants from Japan, China, Korea and United Kingdom. Consequently the World Society of Disaster Nursing (WSDN) was inaugurated on January 22, 2008 in Kobe.
Its initial members comprised 40 organizations from seven countries; China, Korea, United Kingdom, Thailand, Indonesia, the United States, and Japan accepted the founding committee’s invitation to their colleges of nursing and nursing-related organizations to participate in the Society.


With increasing cases of disasters around the world in recent years, it is very important for nurse all over the world to provide prompt and precise care to the affected, promote international academic exchange and collaborative research, and systematize knowledge and practice in the field of disaster nursing.
The information and knowledge gained from such activities should be shared or utilized more effectively.

Since WSDN’s first academic conference held in Japan, 2009, we had the second meeting in the UK, 2012 and the third one in China, 2014. In 2016, the fourth conference will be held in Indonesia.
Currently, WSDN limits its membership to organizational members only and will hold its academic conference biennially. We welcome your feedback and invite you to join us for providing for the future of disaster nursing.

Akiko Yamamoto, RN, PhD
Chairperson of the world society of disaster nursing
Executive Director of Research Institute of Nursing Care for People and Community, University of Hyogo.