It is an honor for me to start off the year as the representative of the Korean Society of Nursing Science. With the help and support of the past presidents, the board members, and all of the members, we have become the most influential organization in the field of nursing science in Korea, with over 3000 registered members and 8 different affiliated branch organizations.
I believe that most nursing science professors have at least considered being the president of the Korean Society of Nursing Science as a goal in order to enhance the field of nursing. I consider my time spent as a nursing professor, a director of nursing department, the president of the Hospital Nurses Association, the president of the Korean Academy of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, and the chair of Education Committee of the Korean Nurses Association, extremely valuable experiences. With the aforementioned experiences, I will try my best to not only observe the importance of the rules and regulations, but also be able to negotiate for the good of the organization and the field of nursing as a whole. As president of the Korean Society of Nursing Science, I would like to implement the following plans for the development of the organization.
First, I hope to use the achievements of the past presidents and the board members as a base to elevate the awareness of the Korean nursing science to an international level. To allow the nursing researchers of Korea to expand and maximize their academic skills, I will work to ensure that the Korean nursing journal ¡®Asian Nursing Research¡¯ which was newly established last year, will become recognized as an SSCI and SCI resource. I will also continue to expand the Asian Leaders Network to help in the internationalization of nursing research. In doing this, I not only hope to place the Korean Society of Nursing Science as the top nursing science society of Asia, but also aim to become the top nursing science society of the world.
Second, I plan to take on active promotion programs and increase interaction between the Korean Society of Nursing Science and other organizations. I believe it is time for a nursing theory to be discovered by a Korean nursing researcher. I will also begin the process of spreading the usability and superiority of newly developed Korean theories to the world in an effort to enhance the development of nursing on a global scale.
Third, I will speed up the construction of ¡®The Korean Society of Nursing Science Hall¡¯, which will become the face of the Korean Society of Nursing Science. It will pave the way for more active academic and cultural exchange among nurses.
Fourth, I have planned a variety of programs to incorporate mutual interests between nursing professors, as well as practical and organized supplementary educational programs for advanced professional nurses.
All of the actions I have mentioned so far need the encouragement and support of all of you here today.
I hope that together we may develop the Korean Society of Nursing Science to a new level, and I hope for only the best of health and good fortune to you all.