“Who Are You From?”: Family Narratives and Family Nursing

At IFNC13 in Pamplona, Spain, Dr. Martha Driessnack, Associate Professor of Nursing at the Oregon Health & Science University, offered a fascinating keynote titled "Who are you from?": The importance of a family stories. During her presentation, she provided a compelling argument based on research, including genomic evidence, to support the positive influence family stories have on resilience and well being in children and older adults. Many of us recognize the power of family narratives, both for our patients and research participants, … [Read more...]

And to think that it started with IFNC13

This post originally appeared on Joel Anderson's blog. As an academic with a nine-month appointment, there is sometimes a perception that I have the summer off. And while I do have more flexibility in my schedule during the summer and can work at a more relaxed pace, I’m usually working most of the time. It’s the nature of scholarship; it doesn’t stop just because it’s summer. But summer does afford me the opportunity to take advantage of opportunities that might not fit within the confines of the academic year, particularly travel … [Read more...]

IFNA Members Plant Seeds of Transformation

The stated mission of IFNA is “to transform family health by: Serving as a unifying force and voice for family nursing globally; Sharing knowledge, practices, and skills to enhance and nurture family nursing practice; and, Providing family nursing leadership through education, research, scholarship, socialization and collegial exchange on all aspects of family nursing The IFNA position statements on family nursing education and practice have been a valuable means of providing leadership and carrying out this mission. As well, … [Read more...]

Honor a family nurse

The following is a IFNA member post from Janet Deatrick, Chair of the IFNA Resource Advancement Committee. While nurse’s lives are oriented toward giving, they are not necessarily oriented toward giving their own money to philanthropic efforts. Because nurses are often providers for their families, and have many responsibilities to others, philanthropic giving is often set aside for older age or viewed as requiring an income level exceeding that of most nurses.  The Resource Advancement Committee recognizes that making monetary donations to … [Read more...]

Suffering and Spirituality: The Path to Illness Healing

The following is an IFNA member post by Lorraine Wright.  Today is the day! Yes, my new book “Suffering and Spirituality: The Path to Illness Healing” is to arrive at my door from my publisher any moment now. As all nursing authors know, re-reading and reflecting on what I wrote a few months ago invites a shyness and even a wish that I could do just one more draft, one more edit. Perhaps there is never a final draft for an author but rather just a ‘moment of stopping’ due to imposed deadlines. But I also had another curious reflection. … [Read more...]

Social media in #familynursing

The current issue of the Journal of Family Nursing (JFN) has a special emphasis on social media in family nursing. I first learned of this special issue at the 12th International Family Nursing Conference in Odense, Denmark, when the IFNA Communications Committee presented a session on social media. The issue features an editorial by Janice M. Bell, the editor of JFN, as well as four articles on social media in family nursing. Janice’s editorial takes a deep dive into the technological advances that have occurred over the past decade, and … [Read more...]

Growing communities of practice in family nursing and family focused health care

This post originally appeared on February 17, 2017, on Dr. Janice M. Bell’s blog. It has been reposted with the author’s permission. There are a number of voices across several disciplines who are actively participating in the growing scholarly conversation about family focused health care in North America and beyond (Bell, 2017). In a Journal of Family Nursing Special Focus Issue on Social Media and Family Nursing, February 2017, Isaacson and Looman (2017) discuss a phenomenon known as “communities of practice” (CoP) where individuals … [Read more...]

Creating a Vision for Family Nursing Practice Around the World

The following is a IFNA member blog post by Kathryn Anderson, Co-chair of the IFNA Practice Committee. The IFNA Practice Committee has a mandate to, “Identify and disseminate the best practice knowledge and family nursing models used internationally”. While numerous publications about family nursing practice models and the usefulness of relational interventions for families exist, a clear Position Statement to guide family nursing practice was lacking. Between 2012-2015, the IFNA Practice Committee, consisting of approximately 14 … [Read more...]

It takes a village

Last week, my friend and collaborator Ruth Palan Lopez visited with Karen Rose (another friend and collaborator) and me here at the University of Tennessee. Ruth, Karen, and I have written together and worked on several different projects over the years as a trio and in pairs. It was great for all of us to spend time together, to show Ruth around Knoxville, and to do the work around family caregiving in dementia for which we each share a passion. Karen and I both met Ruth at meetings of the International Dementia Scholars Collaborative … [Read more...]

IFNA Awards

The International Family Nursing Association Awards recognize and celebrate IFNA members who provide outstanding contributions to transform health for families worldwide and advance the nursing of families. Seven awards in 4 categories will be presented to chosen recipients at the 13th International Family Nursing Conference in Pamplona, Spain in June 2017. The IFNA Awards Committee, chaired by Dr. Norma Krumwiede, with members from 5 countries, oversees the development and selection process of these awards. One of the recipients of the IFNA … [Read more...]