Taiwan, possibly my third home

By Roger Watson | 08/23/2017

Oh, THAT vice president!

Photo of bridge with Connecting continents textHONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Hong Kong SAR, China—My unbroken record of visiting Taiwan annually since 2003 remains, thanks to an invitation to visit China Medical University in central Taiwan this week. This is my first visit to Taichung, which is a beautiful city. It’s green (politically and ecologically), it’s quiet and has many interesting modern buildings.

Roger WatsonThe invitation came from my former doctoral student Tzu-Pei Yeh, PhD, RN, an sssistant professor here. It was especially nice to share the visit and the travel with Graeme Smith, PhD, RN, professor of nursing, Edinburgh Napier University and Hong Kong University. We are both editors; Smith edits Journal of Clinical Nursing, and part of his time here was devoted to reviewing and advising on manuscripts for publication. We also gave lectures on our areas of research and on writing for publication.

With high temperatures and high humidity, it was possible to run only in the very early morning, by which I mean starting at 5:30 a.m., before the sun was up. The first morning, I got completely lost, prompting me to wonder if I ought to be allowed out alone in foreign places. Confidence was restored later in the week, however, when I managed to find the route I had planned and my way back to the hotel without stopping to get my bearings.

At the end of the week, I travelled to Taipei spend some time during which I met several old friends. These included Hui-Chi Huang, DNS, RN, whose doctoral examination at the University of Ulster I attended more than 20 years ago. She has worked in several universities and has invited me here several times. Retired from university work, she now consults for various bodies on long-term care.

Taiwan, possibly my third home
Today I attended Mass at the Holy Family Church—my “parish” church in Taipei—with Lian Hua Huang, PhD, RN, FAAN, formerly dean of nursing at National Taiwan University and recently appointed a committee member of the International Council of Nurses. After Mass, she introduced me to their vice president who, I assumed, was vice president of her university but came to learn I had been speaking to the vice president of Taiwan, Chen Chein-jen. Former minister of health in Taiwan, he earned his ScD in human genetics and epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University!

Finally, I had lunch with my oldest and dearest friend in Taiwan, Li-Chan Lin, PhD, RN, professor of nursing, National Yang-Ming University, who first invited me here in 2003.

JAN news
Since my last entry, the annual release of journal impact factors has taken place. Amidst concerns that the impact factor of Journal of Advanced Nursing (JAN) was going to fall, we were very pleased—and relieved—that it improved to 1.998. Due to some spectacular increases in impact factor by a few other journals, we have fallen down the “league table.” I would like to be higher up the table, but for the time being, I’ll settle for an increased impact factor.

Other news from JAN is that we are going to lose two excellent colleagues: Brenda Roe, PhD, RN, FQNI, and Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN. Roe is professor of health research, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK, and has been a colleague since 1984 when we were fledgling nurse researchers at the Nursing Practice Research Unit, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, UK. She joined JAN a long time before I became editor-in-chief, and her profound experience of clinical trial and systematic review methodology as well as her clinical expertise in care of older people will be hard to replace. Pickler is FloAnn Sours Easton Endowed Professor of Child and Adolescent Health, Ohio State University, Columbus. I am delighted to say that she has been appointed editor-in-chief of Nursing Research. The search for replacements is taking place, and we are especially interested in having editors from North America and the Far East.

A sign proclaiming “Taiwan touch your heart” used to greet arrivals at the Taipei-Taoyuan International Airport (next to one stating that drug traffickers will be executed), and over the years it certainly has touched my heart. A visit to Taichung is already being arranged for next year. On the immediate horizon is my first visit to Karachi, Pakistan. RNL

Roger Watson, PhD, RN, FRCP Edin, FRCN, FAAN, professor of nursing at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom and a frequent visitor to Australia and China, where he has visiting positions, is editor-in-chief of Journal of Advanced Nursing and editor of Nursing Open. Click here to access Blogger-resident entries posted before 2017 in Watson’s former blog “Hanging smart.” 


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