Dr. Joanna Smith Conducts Research about Family Decision-Making In the Context of Children with Long-Term Conditions

Dr. Joanna Smith is a Lecturer in Children’s Nursing at the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, United Kingdom. She emphasizes that she is, "first and foremost a children’s nurse" with 15 years of clinical experience, primarily caring for children and their families with complex needs requiring surgery, which informs her teaching and research,  Her main research interests relate to the way in which health professionals’ work with and involve children, young people and their families in decisions about their care, in the context … [Read more...]

Dr. Tracey Redwood Studies Family Interventions for Vulnerable First Time Parents

Tracey Redwood, PhD, PCRDS, PCHPE, RGN, RSCN, is a Senior Lecturer - Childrens Nursing, Department of Nursing, University of Northampton, United Kingdom. She has extensive clinical and academic experience in both Australia and the United Kingdom. She is  currently engaged in the Early Start in Early Years: Charnwood Evaluation with colleagues (Callaghan and Alexander). The Charnwood program is an outreach service for vulnerable first time parents with a focus on parental well-being to assist the family. It is delivered … [Read more...]

Dr. Jill Bally Advances Nursing Care of Families with a Child Experiencing Life Limiting Illness

Jill Bally RN, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Her teaching and research are focused in pediatric nursing care of children and their families who are impacted by life limiting and life threatening illnesses. Currently, Dr. Bally is involved in interdisciplinary research aimed at improving family nursing care through the development and testing of an intervention to support these families psychosocial and bereavement needs. This research stems from … [Read more...]

Dr. Anna Olafia Sigurdardottir Advances Family Nursing Intervention in Iceland

Anna Ólafía Sigurðardóttir, RN, PhD, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at Landspitali - The National University Hospital in Iceland (LUH) and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Iceland and LUH. She served as the chairperson of the committee in charge of implementing Family Systems Nursing at all clinical units at LUH from 2007–2011 in collaboration with Dr. Erla Kolbrun Svavarsdottir and other members of the implementation team for the Landspitali University Hospital Family Nursing Implementation Project (2007–2011). She … [Read more...]

Honor a Family Nurse Program: New IFNA Fundraising Effort

IFNA Resource Advancement Committee Launches a New Fundraising Program The Resource Advancement Committee is delighted to announce the launch of a new fundraising effort, the Honor a Family Nurse program. The program is designed to provide support for the International Family Nursing Conference (IFNC) by recognizing the accomplishments of others. Honorees will be recognized at each IFNC and on the IFNA website. The Honor a Family Nurse program is a means of praising those among our family nursing community (both IFNA members and … [Read more...]

Dr. Christina West Advances Family Systems Nursing Knowledge in her Teaching and Research

Christina West, RN, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba (Canada). She is currently leading the development of an undergraduate nursing course (fourth year) in family health. The course content will include a focus on Family Systems Nursing assessment and intervention based on the Calgary Family Assessment and Intervention Models and the Illness Beliefs Model. Christina's program of research is focused on Family Systems interventions with families experiencing … [Read more...]

Laila Mohrsen Busted Promotes Family Focused Dementia Care in Denmark

Laila Mohrsen Busted, MSc, RN, is a senior lecturer, Department of Nursing Education, University College Lillebaelt located in Vejle, Denmark where she teaches family nursing science to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Southern Denmark and her research is exploring family interventions in family focused dementia care using the practice model of Family Health Conversations (FamHC). Her qualitative research examines whether FamHC, as an early intervention for persons with dementia … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Family Nursing in Australia

Australian nursing, influenced by Western tradition, has a focus of engaging with families as context in person/child centred healthcare. Unlike the Anglo-Celtic concepts of health, family, and nursing, Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health is founded on wide family and kinship lines; access and connection to land and the environment; collective relationships within community; and spirituality and ancestry. Today, nurses in Australia are competent in family as context for patient care as part of the national nursing … [Read more...]

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...]