Nurses transforming health for families worldwide.


The mission of the International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) is to transform family health by:

  1. Serving as a unifying force and voice for family nursing globally;
  2. Sharing knowledge, practices, and skills to enhance and nurture family nursing practice; and,
  3. Providing family nursing leadership through education, research, scholarship, socialization and collegial exchange on all aspects of family nursing.

Upcoming Webinar:  Mixed-Methods Synthesis Research

Join us for the next IFNA Webinar, Tuesday, December 15, 2015 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm (EST) on Mixed Methods Synthesis Research: Strategies for Advancing Family Science, presented by Dr. Kathleen A. Knafl. [Read more]

13th International Family Nursing Conference, June 2017, Pamplona, Spain

The 13th International Family Nursing Conference (IFNC13) will be held in Pamplona, Spain in June 2017 at the University of Navarra. This conference is sponsored and organized by the International Family Nursing Association (IFNA).

Museo Universidad de Navarra (Photo Credit: Bully for Pamplona … the new Museo Universidad Navarra PR)

Museo Universidad de Navarra (Photo Credit: Bully for Pamplona … the new Museo Universidad Navarra PR)

“The Art and Science of Family Nursing: Transforming Health for Families” is the theme of IFNC13 and is  particularly appropriate given the conference will be held in the auditorium and classrooms of the Museo Universidad de Navarra. This beautiful museum was opened in January 2015 by King Felipe VI. The privately funded building was designed by the award-winning architect Rafael Moneo and houses an impressive collection, including paintings and sculptures donated by the Huarte family and 10,000 photographic works of art dating back to the 1800s.

IFNA Responds to the Global Refugee Crisis

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Dear IFNA Colleagues,

The IFNA Board of Directors met on September 10, 2015 and one of our topics of discussion is the terrible trauma and suffering being lived out by so many families in our global community who are displaced and separated by war, violence, and poverty. Not only is this happening in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe; Central American families are choosing to send unaccompanied children across many countries to the United States to escape death by violence. As we learned at our 12th International Family Nursing Conference during the remarkable plenary given by Dr. Stevan Weine, such trauma and suffering has long-term implications for family health. We also learned that family is the foundation for interventions to alleviate suffering.

What can we do as an organization to support families and soften suffering? Let us learn from each other how to work most effectively. We propose to gather evidence-informed resources about approaches and interventions that address trauma and have the potential to alleviate suffering. Many of us do not have expertise in this area. Yet as families move within our world to find a safe and welcoming haven, we may meet them in our practice.

As a committed community of family nursing scholars and clinicians, how can we respond in a meaningful way? Let’s begin by sharing ideas and resources with each other. Let’s see if we can grow our understanding of what works, what doesn’t work, and the circumstances in which family nursing assessment and intervention may work best. We are also beginning this conversation within our IFNA Standing Committees and hope to develop a respository of useful resources which will be posted on the IFNA website.

Warmest regards,

Carole Robinson, PhD, RN, IFNA President

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Message from Dr. Carole Robinson, Canada, IFNA President

Carole_Robinson_web…As I take up the position of President of our organization, I ask myself “What characterizes our clan?” and “Where are we headed?” In other words, “How do we grow our strengths to best accomplish our Vision and Mission?”

Here are the words that come to my mind when I think about our strengths:

• Commitment to transforming family health

• Belief in the importance of what we do – a Vision & Mission that matters

• Passion for being together

• Diversity and an appreciation for difference

• A growing history and tradition…

Read more: IFNA.Robinson.Message from President

Photo Gallery: 12th International Family Nursing Conference, Denmark, August 2015

Did you know a Conference Photo Gallery is in the process of being created by the IFNA Communications Committee for all the International Family Nursing Conferences? Several photos from the 12th International Family Nursing Conference in Denmark have now been posted, with more to follow. Please visit the NEW 12th International Family Nursing Photo Gallery and send your conference photos to Debbie Zaparoni in the IFNA Office if you wish to add them to the gallery.

IFNA Position Statements

International Family Nursing Association (IFNA)  Position Statement on Pre-Licensure Family Nursing Education developed by the IFNA Family Nursing Education Committee.

International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) Position Statement on Generalist Competencies for Family Nursing Practice developed by the IFNA Family Nursing Practice Committee.

Become an IFNA Member today

IFNA needs YOU – YOU need IFNA. Learn more about becoming a member of the International Family Nursing Association. If you are currently an IFNA member, please create your own unique Online Community Profile. This will help make your work in family nursing more visible to other IFNA members and provide opportunities to share your resources and gifts.

New IFNA Video Productions Available on IFNA YouTube Channel

YouTubeVideos of IFNA members talking about their ideas for family nursing education, practice, and research are available on the IFNA YouTube Channel. They are a useful resource for IFNA members and offer a public identity for Family Nursing. … [read more]

Using Social Media to Promote Family Nursing?

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 1.12.13 PMRecommended Social Media Hashtags

When posting family nursing content on social media sites, please consider using the following hashtags:



#IFNC12, #IFNC13

Journal of Family Nursing Call for Papers on “Social Media and Family Nursing“. Deadline for submission: January 15, 2016.

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