Japan Logotherapist Association
|Message from Dr.E.Lukas|
Born in Fuku Prefecture.
3/1979 Graduated from School of Allied Medical Sciences, Kanazawa University (Nursing Course).
4/1979 Nurse at Kinki University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine (Special Mixed Ward)
4/1983 Assistant at College of Nursing, Fukui Prefectural University (First Department of Nursing).
3/1998 Completed Master of Sience degree in Nursing, Kitasato University (cancer nursing) ( Master of Nursing).
2004 Completed Doctor’s Course in Comparative Culture, Osaka Prefectural University (Doctor of Philosophy).
2004 Certified as C-class Logotherapist.
2005 Assistant professor at College of Nursing and Welfare, Fukui Prefectural University
4/2007-present Professor, Ishikawa Prefectural Nursing University (specialized in cancer nursing, chronic disease nursing, and terminal care)
4/2004-Volunteer to give counseling using logotherapy to patient family at the out-patient department.
2008 Certified as B-class Logotherapist.
2012 Certified as A-class Logotherapist.
Logotherapy of a mother with an unconscious son
I am teaching at a nursing university to foster nurses including Certified Nurse Specialists in cancer nursing. At the same time, I am engaging in a volunteer activity to give counseling to patient‘s family, though I cannot spend much time for it.
Nurses witness patients suffering from an incurable disease and their family have various pains and distress by facing fear of death and uncertainty over the future. In such cases, many nurses ask themselves what they can do as medical staff. When I was with such a question in mind, I encountered Frankl’s book. I thought “this is it.” and started a research on Frankl at the doctor’s course under guidance of Prof. Kunio Yamada of Osaka Prefectual University. This resulted in my attending at the Logotherapy Seminar.
When we see a fatal disease patient who accepts the situation and think and live positively, we, medical staff, are taught courage and greatness of human by the patient. However, not every patient has such strength. Most patients need support and help from somebody. It’s such a case where “standing by” or "Bei-sein” in Frankl’s term, is required to nurses. “Standing by” seems easy but is very difficult in fact, because our well-intended behaviors for others are prone to end as those for ourselves. On a more and more complicated medical front, nurses are required to play a more important role.
I will teach would-be nurses how nurses can relate with patients under affliction so to find meaning of their life by themselves, on the basis of logotherapy and Frankl’s ideas.