Family Nursing in the Netherlands

Dr. Marie Louise Luttik and her colleague, Dr. Wolter Paans, launched the first family nursing initiative in the Netherlands in 2014. The research group in Nursing Diagnostics and Family Care at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, the Netherlands, was granted 50.000 Euros by the Centre of Expertise Healthy Ageing. With this funding, efforts to build a collaborating network of care-, research- and educational institutions began which has now been named an Innovation Lab. The objective of this Innovation Lab is to develop and … [Read more...]

Dr. Catherine (Kit) Chesla Advances Interpretive Phenomenology Research in Family Health Care Nursing

Catherine (Kit) Chesla, RN, PhD, FAAN, is a Professor and Shobe Endowed Chair for Ethics and Spirituality, Department of Family Health Care Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, USA. For over 20 years she has taught family theory, intervention, and research methods to doctoral and Family Nurse Practitioner students. She is engaged in multiple research projects that involve past, present and future work.  First, she and her colleague, Dr. Kevin Chun, are working on finishing up their analysis of interpretive phenomenological data … [Read more...]

NAM Discussion Paper Aligns with Findings from Knowledge Transfer/Translation Projects in Family Nursing

On January 27, 2017, The National Academy of Medicine in the United States released a Discussion Paper, “Harnessing Evidence and Experience to Change Culture: A Guiding Framework for Patient and Family Engaged Care” which highlights, among other elements, the critical importance of developing skilled practice with families in order to change the culture of health care to attend to families' physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. This recommendation is supported by the findings of several family nursing transfer/translation research … [Read more...]

Family Nursing in Sweden

Dr. Britt-Inger Saveman (Sweden) at Umea University and Dr. Eva Benzein (Sweden) at Linnaeus University have shared an exciting and determined vision for implementing family nursing in Sweden since 2000 [Read more]. Beginning with a dedicated Family Focused Practice Unit that provided space and equipment to videotape nurse researchers' conversations with families experiencing illness, they developed the Family Health Conversations (FamHC) intervention by culturally adapting existing Family Systems Nursing practice models. They coedited a … [Read more...]

Family Nursing in Spain

Nursing education in Spain includes a 4-year bachelor degree, in which the care of families has been integrated in the nursing curriculum, as well as masters and doctoral education. In 2010, an option began of pursuing 2-year postgraduate education to become a specialist in one of the seven nationally-certified specialties, including specialist in family and community nursing. Family Systems Nursing began in Spain at the University of Navarra. In 2009, Dr. Lorraine Wright (Canada) introduced the Calgary Family Assessment and Intervention … [Read more...]

IFNA Member Feedback Requested for Draft: IFNA Position Statement on APC-FN

The IFNA Practice Committee is very pleased to announce the development of a new groundbreaking IFNA Position Statement on Advanced Practice Competencies for Family Nursing (APC-FN) which is now ready for IFNA member review and comment. This new IFNA Position Statement (APC-FN) outlines the competencies for advanced practice family nurses to guide the care of families in all settings and provides a focus for nursing education, theory, and research related to advanced practice family nursing.  The APC-FN builds on the IFNA Position Statement on … [Read more...]

Dr. Naohiro Hohashi Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)

Naohiro Hohashi, PhD, RN, PHN, FAAN, is a Professor and Department Director, Division of Family Health Care Nursing, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Kobe University, Japan. His work as a family nursing scholar and leader in Japan has been recognized with numerous international awards, including the 2015 Innovative Contribution to Family Nursing Award from the International Family Nursing Association.  In the fall of 2016, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. He … [Read more...]

Dr. Kyoko Kobayashi Proposes a Nurse-Led Survivorship Care Clinic for Families in Japan

Kyoko Kobayashi, PhD, RN, PHN, is a Professor in Child Health Nursing, Graduate School of Nursing Sciences, St. Luke's International University, Tokyo, Japan.  She was a Fulbright scholar at University of Pennsylvania, USA where she conducted research and observed practice with families. She is proposing a nurse-led survivorship care clinic and educational program for pediatric oncology nurses in Japan. Through a combination of research and clinical practice (providing health check-ups for cancer survivors, conducting family interviews, and … [Read more...]

Dr. Li-Chi Chiang Conducts Family Nursing Knowledge Transfer Research in Taiwan

Li-Chi Chiang, RN, PhD, is a Professor, School of Nursing, National Defense Medical Center, Taiwan.  Her current research is focused on a family nursing knowledge transfer project in which critical nurses learn to offer family nursing interventions to families of patients in ICU.  (A photo of an ICU nurse in Taiwan offering family nursing intervention to a family is shown below.)  Dr. Chiang currently serves as a member of the IFNA Practice Committee and as an IFNA country liaison. For more information contact Li-Chi … [Read more...]

Wilma Schroeder Promotes Family Nursing in Undergraduate Nursing Education

Wilma Schroeder, BN MMFT, has been course leader for the Family Nursing course at Red River College, Winnipeg, Canada since 2001.  Her focus has been to encourage student nurses to “think family” and use strengths-based, systems, and relational approaches to understand and alleviate the impact of illness on families. Wilma has a particular interest in mental health, and in communication. Currently she is collaborating with Dr. Michelle Lobchuk (University of Manitoba) on research which examines a caregiver communication intervention. Wilma … [Read more...]