2017 Conference


IFNA_ConferenceBrochureCover2017_3x4_Email-Website13th International Family Nursing Conference
June 14 – 17, 2017 (Pre-conference Workshops June 14)
University of Navarra
Pamplona, Spain

Conference Co-chairs

June Horowitz, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA

Jane Lassetter, PhD, RN
Brigham Young University, USA

Click here for a list of Conference Committee Members.

Click here for the preliminary conference program.


The International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) is an organization whose mission is to transform family health globally. We are pleased to announce the 13th International Family Nursing Conference, ‟Improving The Art and Science of Family Nursing: Transforming Health for Families,” to be held Wednesday, June 14 – Saturday, June 17, 2017. The conference will be held in Pamplona, Spain on the Universidad de Navarra campus. The conference will provide an opportunity to network and create collaborations among researchers, clinicians, and educators. We also want to extend a welcome to students.

With an emphasis on the art and science of nursing, the conference will begin with optional pre-conference workshops on June 14th, and then 2 1/2 days of plenary sessions, expert lectures, concurrent breakout sessions, and poster displays. Through pre-conference workshops, plenary sessions, and paper/poster exchanges, attendees will have ample opportunities to learn about recent advances in the field and share their work and ideas with others who are committed to the advancement of family nursing. With an eye to the future, the conference will emphasize global issues related to family health. We hope to have one Spanish-language session during each of the IFNC13’s concurrent sessions.

In response to your feedback and requests, we will provide opportunities to network during the conference. For instance, you can network during the welcome reception, the banquet, meals, poster sessions, committee meetings and breaks. You are also welcome to attend a committee meeting; we welcome your participation. Additionally, optional tours for conference attendees will be offered pre- and post-conference.

On behalf of the Conference Committee and the IFNA Board, we invite you to join us and other family nurses and interdisciplinary colleagues from around the world for this exciting event. Please encourage your students and colleagues to join us in Pamplona.

The objectives for the conference are:


  1. To offer creative educational strategies that address both the art and science of family nursing.
  2. To highlight leadership and excellence in family nursing education that promotes the health of families around the globe.
  3. To promote collaboration in family nursing education across the contexts of practice, education, research and innovation.


  1. To identify opportunities and strategies for family nursing practice responsiveness to contemporary social issues affecting families, such as the refugee crisis, poverty, discrimination, and global conflict.
  2. To examine strategies for family nursing practice that build on current research and technology to promote the health of families.
  3. To discuss the development, implementation, refinement, and evaluation of family nursing practice, particularly focused on attention to identification of the family outcomes of family nursing practice to advance the practice of family nursing worldwide.


  1. To highlight research that focuses on the challenges for transforming family health and family care worldwide.
  2. To provide a forum for dialogue around major conceptual and methodological issues facing family researchers worldwide.
  3. To connect researchers, clinicians, and educators in conversations that support innovative global partnerships around the art and science of family nursing.


  1. To examine the role of policy in addressing the challenges affecting contemporary families and increasing family engagement in health care.
  2. To identify strategies for increased participation of family nurses in policy development at the local, national, and international level.
  3. To highlight opportunities to enhance family health and meet emerging challenges globally.