Webinar: Practice Based Evidence in Family Nursing: What I’ve (only) Learned from Clinical Practice

Practice Based Evidence in Family Nursing: What I’ve (only) Learned from Clinical Practice

Presented by: Lorraine M. Wright, PhD RN

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Dr. Wright is an international lecturer, clinician, author, blogger, and consultant in family nursing and family therapy. She has presented in some 30 countries. Dr Wright is also Professor Emeritus of Nursing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada. She was the Director, Family Nursing Unit, University of Calgary for 20 years, a unique clinical and research unit for couples/families suffering with serious illness.

Lorraine is also the author of 10 books and numerous chapters/articles. Her most recent books are: Don’t Get Married…Unless (2013); and Nurses and Families: A guide to family assessment and intervention (6th ed) (2013). Other books include Beliefs and Illness: A Model for Healing (2009); and Suffering, Spirituality, and Illness: Ideas for Healing (2005).

She has developed clinical practice models, specifically the Trinity Model (advanced practice) and co-developed the Illness Beliefs Model (advanced practice) and the Calgary Family Assessment and Intervention Models (generalist practice).

Dr Wright has also co-produced 8 educational Family Nursing DVD’s. She has also produced the DVD “Spirituality, Suffering, and Illness: Conversations for Healing”.

Dr. Wright has received several honours and awards for her distinguished contributions and leadership in family nursing and family therapy. Among the awards are two Honorary Doctorates from the University of Montreal, Canada, 2008 and Linnaeus University, Sweden, 2012. Most recently in 2013, she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in Canada.

To learn more about Dr Wright’s writings, presentations, and/or to read her blog, please visit her websites:


Webinar Description:

We all know there are two methods for obtaining knowledge to improve our practice with families and facilitate healing: evidence based practice and practice based evidence. But oftentimes, evidence based practice receives most of the press and attention. This webinar will offer reasons why there needs to be equal weight given to practice based evidence from my own reflective practice and my practice based research. Examples will be offered of insights, reflections, and learning that only occurred from begin engaged in clinical practice.

At the end of this Webinar, participants will have had the opportunity to:
  1. Understand the upsides/downsides of knowledge obtained from Evidence Based Practice and Practice Based Evidence to assist families who are suffering.
  2. Be familiar with examples of Practice Based Evidence knowledge from three different sources.
  3. Recognize the powerful learning that can occur from paradigm moments and paradigm families in our clinical practice.