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...]

“I see and I remember. I do and I understand”: YouTube and family nursing

When I searched the term “YouTube” on PubMed this afternoon, I wasn’t sure what I would find. I got 659 search results. While I recognize the impact and pervasiveness of YouTube in everyday life, I must admit that I was surprised that the number was so high. Among the first 20 items, there were a few that caught my eye. The first was a study that reviewed YouTube videos demonstrating femoral artery puncture and sheath placement, finding that most were not posted by vascular surgeons. Another study examined disparities in online health … [Read more...]

Family-focused care across the life course

This post originally appeared on November 9, 2016, on Simon Stones' blog. It has been reposted with the author’s permission. Learning to live with a long-term condition in adulthood can be challenging. From the uncertainty at diagnosis, to new treatments and different ways of living–it's a rollercoaster of a journey–physically and emotionally. For a child, this journey can be even more turbulent, in addition to the existing challenges facing the youngest generation in society. For the parents and carers of these children, this journey can be … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Use Social Media to Make #FamilyNursing More Visible

This post originally appeared on October 22, 2016, on Dr. Janice M. Bell's blog. It has been reposted with the author’s permission. Over the past four decades, nurses have been changing their usual patterns of clinical practice as they shift from caring for only the “individual patient” to thinking about the “family as the patient” and increasingly welcoming, including, and involving families in nursing practice.  Family nursing theories, practice models, and intervention research are contributing to the mounting evidence that … [Read more...]

Finding time for “deep work”

After a bit of conversation with colleagues on a recent Tuesday morning, I simply stated, “Okay, I’m setting the timer for 25 minutes. Go!” And that’s how our monthly writing group began. Over the next two hours, each of us worked intensely in 25-minute blocks on our individual writing tasks, including manuscript revisions, conference presentations, and final reports. After each block of work, we took short breaks for more coffee and conversation before setting the timer again. When we had finished, we each expressed a sense of accomplishment … [Read more...]

What’s on the menu?

Here is a selected list of items IFNA and its members are sharing on Twitter. For a list of IFNA members on Twitter, visit Janice Bell’s blog. 5 things you need to know to successfully live tweet at an event IFNA statement on predatory conferences Reducing stigma related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia Understanding readmissions following stroke Caring for refugee families Understanding the root causes of addiction The value of family and relationships 31 things to consider when choosing a journal for … [Read more...]

Reflections on IFNC12

“Have you heard about this meeting in Denmark?” A colleague slid the brochure for the meeting to me and told me that the school was a sponsor for the meeting, which was a year away in Odense, Denmark. “Thanks! I’ll look into it.” So, I Googled the International Family Nursing Conference and found the IFNA website. As I scrolled through the pages of the site, I recognized several names, particularly Dr. Kathy Knafl who was a consultant on a new intramural research project my colleagues and I were just beginning. The organization and … [Read more...]