Dr. Norah Johnson Advances Knowledge about Families of Children with Complex and Chronic Diseases

Norah Johnson, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, is a pediatric nurse practitioner and an associate professor with tenure in the College of Nursing at Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA.  She is involved in interprofessional teaching, research, and service focused on children with complex and chronic diseases such as autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities and their families.  Her work relates to the ways health care providers must adjust care and decision making to account for the variable developmental, … [Read more...]

Dr. Crystal Duncan Lane Studies Family Resilience in the Context of Health

Crystal Duncan Lane, PhD, CFLE, is an assistant professor of Family Science in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. She holds a doctorate is in Human Development with a concentration in Family Studies from Virginia Tech, and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Carolina University. Dr. Duncan Lane’s research focuses on family resilience in the context of health and significant individual and family level stressors. Her Family Resilience Assessment (FRA) … [Read more...]

Family Nursing Scholars in Brazil Establish a Clinic for Family Research and Intervention

The Comprehensive Clinic for Family Research and Intervention, affiliated with the Laboratory of Studies and Research on Family Intervention (LEPIF) at the Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, was established in 2016 in Mato Grosso do Sul state in Midwest Brazil. The clinic assists families of children and adolescents experiencing chronic health conditions requiring complex care including syndromes, psychiatric and mental health disorders, and neonates with neurological sequelae.  At the clinic, family interventions are … [Read more...]

Message from Dr. Carole Robinson (Canada), IFNA President (2015-2017)

July 2017 Dear Friends and Colleagues, It has been my honor and privilege to have served you and the International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) over the last two years. I am excited (as well as a bit sad) to be stepping into the Past-President position on the IFNA Board of Directors. We have such a strong and committed board led by your new President Jane Lasseter and President Elect Sonja Meiers; IFNA is well positioned to build on the momentum of the last few years in even more creative directions. We have made major … [Read more...]

Message from Dr. Jane Lassetter (USA), IFNA President (2017-2019)

I had to hold back tears as I gazed at the IFNC13 welcome reception’s audience filled with family nurses who waved their flags as each of their 30 countries was represented. That tender moment was followed by three days of excellent keynote speeches, expert lectures, special sessions, breakout sessions, and opportunities for networking. For me, and I hope for you, it was a feast of learning, sharing, and growing. I returned home invigorated at the prospects for the International Family Nursing Association and ways we, individually and … [Read more...]

Dr. Jyu-Lin Chen Conducts Research on Childhood Obesity Prevention and Management

Dr. Jyu-Lin Chen, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN, is an associate professor, Department of Family Health Care Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, USA. Her research focuses on childhood obesity prevention and management. Dr. Chen’s program of research addresses this critical global health threat as it focuses on childhood obesity prevention and healthy lifestyle promotion in children in Asian Pacific regions and Asian immigrants in the U.S. Dr. Chen is particularly interested in developing culturally appropriate and technology-friendly … [Read more...]

Keiko Agawa Advances Knowledge About Care of Japanese Mothers of Children with Medical Dependency

Keiko Agawa, RN, MSN, is a lecturer in Home Care Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Shimane, Japan.  She is an editorial member of the Society of Cultural Nursing Studies, as well as a member of the Japan Academy of Home Care, and the Japanese Association for Research in Family Nursing.  Her research focuses on home-visiting nursing in the support of mothers of children with high medical dependency. She is now assisting with establishing a communication network among these mothers, considering the specific interests … [Read more...]

Marie-Louise (Mio) Mollerberg Promotes Family Health in Families Living with Cancer

Marie-Louise (Mio) Möllerberg, RN, MSc, is a full time doctoral student in family focused nursing care at Linnaeus University, Sweden. She is conducting research with families living with cancer and examining aspects of health and family sense of coherence in palliative care. Her study includes a population-based register study, family interviews, and exploration of the links between family sense of coherence (using the Family Sense of Coherence Scale) and hope and psychological distress. Mio currently serves as the … [Read more...]

IFNA Launches New Limited Membership Drive (June 1-October 30, 2017)

The IFNA Membership Committee is delighted to announce the launch of a new membership recruitment effort, The Limited Membership Drive. This campaign is designed to increase new IFNA members and grow our international family nursing community. IFNA Member Rewards: The Limited Membership Drive is a means of increasing the membership of IFNA by awarding top recruiters for new members. IFNA members who recruit five new members will have the opportunity to receive a 2-year membership for the price of 1-year (an $80 USD value). … [Read more...]

International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) Reach Statistics 2016

International Family Nursing Association (IFNA)  Reach Statistics 2016: 40,944 visitors to the IFNA website. Most active countries (listed in order of frequency of visitors) were: United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, United Kingdom, and Spain. Twitter impressions reached 50,000 in the second quarter of 2016. IFNA hashtag #familyhealth reached 156,287 with 529,467 impressions in 2016. The IFNA Reach Statistics for 2016 show increased influence of @IFNAorg and #familyhealth #familynursing and … [Read more...]