Dr. Eydis Sveinbjarnardottir Leads Family Nursing Research in Northern Iceland

Eydis Kristin Sveinbjarnardottir, RN, MSN, PhD, is currently an assistant professor and Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Akureyri (Unak) in Iceland. In 2017 she also assumed the role of deputy to the director of Unak. While her work is primarily administrative, she is continuing her leadership and research in family nursing  and family support especially within psychiatric settings.

In the autumn of 2016, a decision was made by the administration of Akureyri’s Hospital (SAk) to implement family nursing in the entire hospital (similar to the Landspitali Family Nursing Implementation Project (2007-2011). Members of the Center of Family Nursing Research and Development, Landspitali National University Hospital in Reykjavik travelled to Akureyri and offered two days of education for nurse leaders at SAk to begin the implementation process.  Unak and SAk have a formal research collaboration agreement which provides Dr. Sveinbjarnardottir an opportunity to supervise and collaborate with masters and doctoral students at Unak as they conduct research on this hospital-wide implementation of family nursing.

Dr. Sveinbjarnardottir and Dr. Erla Kolbrun Svavarsdottir, Professor, University of Iceland are continuing to collaborate in the development and language translations of their co-developed Iceland-Family Perceived Support Questionnaire (ICE-FPSQ). The ICE-FPSQ has been translated and psychometrically tested into Swedish.  A doctoral student at the University of Lisbon, co-supervised by Dr. Sveinbjarnardottir, has translated and psychometrically tested the ICE-FPSQ  in Portuguese.  For more information contact IFNA member, Eydis Sveinbjarnardottir.