Family Nursing in Sweden: A Tribute to Visionary Leadership

Left to right: Dr. Eva Benzein, Dr. Britt-Inger Saveman

Left to right: Dr. Eva Benzein, Dr. Britt-Inger Saveman

Dr. Britt-Inger Saveman, Umea University, Sweden and Dr. Eva Benzein, Linnaeus University, Sweden have shared an exciting and determined vision for implementing family nursing in Sweden since 2000. Beginning with a dedicated family focused practice unit that provided space and equipment to videotape nurse researchers’ conversations with families experiencing illness, they, along with their colleagues, developed the Family Health Conversations (FamHC) intervention by culturally adapting existing Family Systems Nursing practice models. They coedited a textbook, co-authored numerous research publications with their colleagues about the use of FamHC across various populations of families, and developed an instrument: “Families Involvement in Nursing Care – Nurses’ Attitudes” (FINC-NA) that has been translated into more than ten languages and used in numerous research projects around the world.  They also initiated and hosted the First Nordic Conference in Family Focused Nursing in 2002 followed by 2006 and 2010; the Fourth Nordic Conference in Family Focused Nursing was held in 2014 in Odense, Denmark. For more information contact IFNA members, Britt-Inger Saveman and Eva Benzein.

Dr. Eva Benzein was the recipient of the 2015 IFNA Excellence in Family Nursing Award.