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...]

IFNA Position Statement on Advanced Practice Competencies for Family Nursing

View Social Media Toolkit The International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) Position Statement on Advanced Practice Competencies for Family Nursing outlines the advanced practice competencies for family nurses (FN-AP) to guide the care of families in all settings and provide a focus for nursing education, theory, and research related to family nursing in advanced practice (FN-AP).  Developed by the IFNA Family Nursing Practice Committee, this IFNA Position Statement on Generalist Competencies (GC) was approved by the IFNA … [Read more...]

IFNA Member Feedback Requested: Draft Graduate Family Nursing Education Position Statement

The IFNA Education Committee is very pleased to announce the development of a new groundbreaking Graduate Family Nursing Education position statement which is now ready for IFNA member review and comment. This new IFNA Position Statement provides a vision for graduate family nursing education and was developed with the acknowledgement of the different institutional, governmental, and cultural influences on nursing education across the world.   The Graduate Family Nursing Education Position Statement builds on the IFNA Position … [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...]

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...]