Education Bibliography/Seminal Works

NEW IFNA Position Statements on Family Nursing Education and Family Nursing Practice:

International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) (2013).  IFNA Position Statement on Pre-Licensure Family Nursing Education.

International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) (2015). IFNA Position Statement on Generalist Competencies for Family Nursing Practice.


Selected Bibliography on Family Nursing Education

Curated by: Janice M. Bell, RN, PhD (

Updated January 2017

Angelo, M. (2008).  The emergence of family nursing in Brazil.  Journal of Family Nursing, 14(4), 436-441. doi:10.1177/1074840708327932

Åstedt-Kurki, P., Paavilainen, E., Paunonen, M., & Nieminen, H. (1998). Education of family nursing specialists at the University of Tampere, Finland. Journal of Family Nursing, 4(4), 350-357. doi: 10.1177/107484079800400402

Baumbusch, J., & Trautman, N. (1997). Does studying family health policy have to put students to sleep? No! Journal of Family Nursing, 3(3), 295-302. doi:10.1177/107484079700300306

Bell, J.M. (1997a).  Editor’s choice: Selected bibliography on family nursing education. Journal of Family Nursing, 3(3), 303-305. doi:10.1177/107484079700300307

Bell, J.M. (1997b). Levels in undergraduate family nursing education [Editorial].  Journal of Family Nursing, 3(3), 227-229. doi:10.1177/107484079700300301

Bell, J.M. (2000).  Encouraging nurses and families to think interactionally: Revisiting the usefulness of the circular pattern diagram [Editorial].  Journal of Family Nursing, 6(3), 203-209. doi:10.1177/107484070000600301

Bell, J.M. (2002).  20th Anniversary of the Family Nursing Unit [Editorial].  Journal of Family Nursing, 8(3), 175-177. doi:10.1177/107484070200800301

Bell, J.M. (2003).  Clinical scholarship in family nursing [Editorial].  Journal of Family Nursing, 9(2), 127-129. doi: 10.1177/1074840703009002001

Bell. J.M. (2008). The Family Nursing Unit, University of Calgary: Reflections on 25 years of clinical scholarship (1982-2007) and closure announcement [Editorial].  Journal of Family Nursing, 14(3), 275-288.doi: 10.1177/1074840708323598

Bell, J.M. (2010).  Family nursing education: Faster, higher, stronger [Editorial].  Journal of Family Nursing, 16(2), 135-145. doi: 10.1177/1074840710368936

Bell, J.M. (2012). Making ideas stick: The 15-Minute Family Interview [Editorial]. Journal of Family Nursing, 18(2), 171-174. doi:10.1177/1074840712443663

Bell, J.M., Swan, N.K.W., Taillon, C., McGovern, G., & Dorn, J. (2001).  Learning to nurse the family [Editorial].  Journal of Family Nursing, 7(2), 117-126. doi: 10.1177/107484070100700201

Bell, J.M., & Wright, L.M. (1990). Flaws in family nursing education. The Canadian Nurse, 86(6), 28-30. PMID: 2376032

Binding, L. L., Morck, A. C., & Moules, N. J. (2010). Learning to see the other: A vehicle of reflection.  Nurse Education Today, 30, 591-594. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2009.12.014

Blondal, K., Zoega, S., Hafsteinsdottir, J., Olafsdottir, O, Thorvardardootir, A., Hafsteinsdottir, S., & Sveinsdottir, H. (2014).  Attitudes of registered and licensed practical nurses towards the importance of families in surgical hospital units: Before and after implementation of Family Systems Nursing.  Journal of Family Nursing, 20, 355-375. doi:10.1177/1074840714542875

Braun, V. F., & Foster, C. (2011). Family nursing: Walking the talk. Nursing Forum, 46(1), 11-21. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6198.2010.00202.x

Chesla, C.A., Gilliss, C.L., & Leavitt, M.B. (1993). Preparing specialists in family nursing; The benefits of live supervision. In S.L. Feetham, S.B. Meister, J.M. Bell, & C.L. Gilliss (Eds.), The nursing of families: Theory/research/education/practice (pp. 163-173). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Deatrick, J.A., & Feetham, S.L. (1993).  Development of a model to guide advanced practice in family nursing. In S.L. Feetham, S.B. Meister, J.M. Bell, & C.L. Gilliss (Eds.), The nursing of families: Theory/research/education/practice (pp. 147-154). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

de Montigny, F. (1998). Using art to stimulate interactional thinking in a family nursing clinical practicum. Journal of Family Nursing, 4(4), 358-366. doi: 10.1177/107484079800400403

de Montigny, F., Dumas, L., Bolduc, L., & Blais, S. (1997).  Teaching family nursing using conceptual models of nursing.  Journal of Family Nursing, 3(3), 267-279. doi:10.1177/107484079700300304

Duhamel, F. (2010). Implementing family nursing: How do we translate knowledge into clinical practice?  Part II: The evolution of 20 years of teaching, research, and practice to a Center of Excellence in Family Nursing. Journal of Family Nursing, 16(1), 8-25. doi: 10.1177/1074840709360208

Duhamel, F., Dupuis, F., & Girard, F. (2010).  Launching a Center of Excellence in Family Nursing, University of Montreal.  Journal of Family Nursing, 16(1), 124-125. doi:10.1177/1074840709359931

Duhamel, F., Dupuis, F., Turcotte, A., Martinez, A.-M., & Goudreau, J. (2015). Integrating the Illness Beliefs Model in clinical practice: A Family Systems Nursing Knowledge Utilization Model. Journal of Family Nursing, 21(2), 322-348. doi:10.1177/1074840715579404

Duhamel, F., Dupuis, F., & Wright, L.M. (2009).  Families’ and nurses’ responses to the “One Question Question”: Reflections for clinical practice, education, and research in family nursing.  Journal of Family Nursing, 15(4), 461-485. doi:10.1177/1074840709350606

Erlingsson, C. (2009). Undergraduate nursing students writing therapeutic letters to families: An educational strategy.  Journal of Family Nursing, 15(1), 83-101. doi:10.1177/1074840708330447

Eggenberger, S. K., & Regan, M. (2010). Expanding simulation to teach family nursing. Journal of Nursing Education, 49(10), 550-558. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20100630-01.

Eggenberger, S. K. & Sanders, M. (2016). A family nursing educational intervention supports nurses and families in an adult intensive care unit.  Australian Critical Care, 29(4), 217–223. doi: 10.1016/j.aucc.2016.09.002

Fast Braun, V., Hyndman, K., & Foster, C. (2010).  Family nursing for undergraduate nursing students:  The Brandon University Family Case Model approach.  Journal of Family Nursing16(2), 161-176. doi:10.1177/1074840710366565

Fernandes, C. S., Martins, M. M., Gomes, B. P., Gomes, J. A., & Gonçalves, L. H. T. (2016). Family Nursing Game: Desenvolvendo um jogo de tabuleiro sobre Família [Family Nursing Game: Developing a board game]. Esc Anna Nery 20(1),33-37. Retrieved from [in Portuguese with English translation]

Flowers, K., St. John, W., & Bell, J.M. (2008). The role of the clinical laboratory in teaching and learning family nursing skills.  Journal of Family Nursing, 14(2), 242-267. doi:10.1177/1074840708316562

Ford-Gilboe, M., Laschinger, H.S., Laforet-Fliesser, Y., Ward-Griffin, C., & Foran, S. (1997).  The effect of a clinical practicum on undergraduate nursing students’ self-efficacy for community-based family nursing practice. Journal of Nursing Education, 36(5), 212-219. PMID: 9145339

Friedman, M. (1997). Teaching about and for family diversity in nursing. Journal of Family Nursing, 3(3), 280-294. doi:10.1177/107484079700300305

Friedemann, M.-L., & Hoehn Anderson, K. (2005). Family health care across cultures: An international online program. Journal of Family Nursing, 11(1), 79-82. doi:10.1177/1074840704273464

Gottlieb, L. (2007).  A tribute to the Calgary Family Nursing Unit:  Lessons that go beyond family nursing [Editorial].  Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 39(3), 7-11.

Goudreau, J., & Duhamel, F. (2003).  Interventions in perinatal family care: A participatory study.  Families, Systems, & Health, 21(2), 165-180. doi: 10.1037/1091-7527.21.2.165

Goudreau, J., Duhamel, F., & Ricard, N. (2006). The impact of a Family Systems Nursing educational program on the practice of psychiatric nurses.  A pilot study.  Journal of Family Nursing, 12(3), 292-306. doi:10.1177/1074840706291694

Green, C. P. (1997). Teaching students how to “think family”. Journal of Family Nursing, 3(3), 230-246. doi:10.1177/107484079700300302

Hanson, S. M. H., & Heims, M. L. (1992). Family nursing curricula in U.S. schools of nursing.  Journal of Nursing Education, 31(7), 303-308. PMID: 1326029

Hanson, S., Heims, M., & Julian, D. (1992). Education for health care professionals: Nursing as a paradigm.Family Relations, 41, 49-53. Retrieved from

Harper-Jaques, S., & Limacher, L. H. (2009).  Providing marriage and family therapy supervision in a multidisciplinary psychiatric setting: Contextual sensitivity as a cornerstone to supervision. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 28(3), 49-58. doi: 10.1521/jsyt.2009.28.3.49

Hartrick, G. (1998). A critical pedagogy for family nursing.  Journal of Nursing Education, 37(2), 80-84. PMID: 9489682

Herrick, C. A., Arbuckle, M. B., & Claes, J. A. (2002).  Teaching interprofessional practice: A course on a system of care for children with severe emotional disturbance and their families.  Journal of Family Nursing, 8(3), 264-281. doi: 10.1177/107484070200800307

Hoehn Anderson, K., & Friedemann, M-L. (2010).  Strategies to teach family assessment and intervention through an online international curriculum. Journal of Family Nursing, 16(2), 213-233. doi:10.1177/1074840710367639

Holland Wade, G. (1999).  Using the case method to develop critical thinking skills for the care of high-risk families.  Journal of Family Nursing, 5(1), 92-109. doi: 10.1177/107484079900500106

Holtslander, L., Solar, J., & Smith, N. R. (2013).  The 15-Minute Family Interview as a learning strategy for senior undergraduate nursing students. Journal of Family Nursing, 19, 230-248. doi:10.1177/1074840712472554

International Council of Nurses. (2002a). Nurses always there for you. Caring for families. Information and action tool kit (Part 1). Geneva, Switzerland: Author. Retrieved from

International Council of Nurses. (2002b). Nurses always there for you. Caring for families. Tools for action (Part 2). Geneva, Switzerland: Author. Retrieved from

Irinoye, O., Ogunfowokan, A., & Olaogun, A. (2006). Family nursing education and family nursing practice in Nigeria. Journal of Family Nursing, 12(4), 442-447. doi:10.1177/1074840706296000

Kobayashi, N, (2011). Family Assessment Workbook Part II: Guide to an expert in facilitating case conference and study by FASC methods. Tokyo, Japan: Ishiyaku Publishers. [in Japanese].

Laforet-Fliesser, Y., & Ford-Gilboe, M. (1996). Learning to nurse families using the Developmental Health Model:  Educational strategies for undergraduate students. Journal of Family Nursing, 2(4), 383-398. doi:10.1177/107484079600200404

Leahey, M., & Harper-Jaques, S. (2010). Integrating family nursing into a mental health urgent care practice framework: Ladders for learning. Journal of Family Nursing, 16(2), 196-212. doi:10.1177/1074840710365500

Leahey, M., Harper-Jaques, S., Stout, L., & Levac, A.M. (1995).  The impact of a family systems nursing approach: Nurses’ perceptions.  The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 26(5), 219-225.

Leahey, M., & Svavarsdottir, E.K. (2009). Implementing family nursing: How do we translate knowledge into clinical practice? Journal of Family Nursing, 15(4), 445-460. doi:10.1177/1074840709349070

Lee, A. C. K., Leung, S.O., LingChan, P. S., & Chung, J. O. K. (2010).  Perceived level of  knowledge and difficulty in applying family assessment among senior undergraduate nursing students.  Journal of Family Nursing, 16(2), 177-195. doi:10.1177/1074840710366566

Lee, A. C. K., Leung, S. S. K., & Mak, Y. W. (2012). The application of family-nursing assessment skills: From classroom to hospital ward among final-year nursing undergraduates in Hong Kong. Nurse Education Today, 32(1), 78-84. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2011.01.013

Liebold, N., & Schwarz, L. M. (2014). WebQuests in family nursing education: The learner’s perspective. International Journal of Nursing, 1(1), 39-50.

LeGrow, K., & Rossen, B. E. (2005). Development of a professional practice based on a family systems nursing framework: Nurses’ and families’ experiences.  Journal of Family Nursing, 11(1), 38-58. doi:10.1177/1074840704273508

Lindh, V. R., Chatrin, P. V., Saveman, B.-I., Englund, C. J., Idberger, K., & Östlund, E. A. U. (2013). An initiative to teach Family Systems Nursing using online health-promoting conversations: A multi-methods evaluation.  Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 3(2), 54-66. doi: 10.5430/jnep.v3n2p54

Martinez, A-M., D’Artois, D., & Rennick, J.E. (2007).  Does the 15-minute (or less) family interview influence family nursing practice?  Journal of Family Nursing, 13(2), 157-178. doi: 10.1177/1074840707300750

Moriyama, M. (2008).  Family nursing practice and education:  What is happening in Japan? Journal of Family Nursing, 14(4), 442-455. doi:10.1177/1074840708327514

Moules, N. J., Bell, J .M., Paton, B. I. & Morck, A. C. (2012). Examining pedagogical practices in Family Systems Nursing: Intentionality, complexity, and doing well by families. Journal of Family Nursing, 18(2), 261-295. doi:10.1177/1074840711435508 

Moules, N. J., & Johnstone, H. (2010).  Commendations, conversations, and life-changing realizations:  Teaching and practicing family nursing.  Journal of Family Nursing, 16(2), 146-160.  doi: 10.1177/1074840710365148

Moules, N. J., & Tapp, D. M. (2003). Family nursing labs: Shifts, changes, and innovations. Journal of Family Nursing, 9(1), 101-117. doi: 10.1177/1074840702239493

Murray, I. (2008). Family Health Nurse Project—An education program of the World Health Organization: The University of Stirling experience.  Journal of Family Nursing, 14(4), 469-485. doi:10.1177/1074840708327965

Nyirata, C., Denham, S., Raffle, H., Ware, L. (2012). Where is the family in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program?:  Results of a U.S. Family Nurse Practitioner program survey.  Journal of Family Nursing, 18(3), 378-408. doi:10.1177/1074840712443872

O’Sullivan Burchard, D. J. J., Calveirole, A., Mitchell, R., Walford, C., & Whyte, D. A. (2004).  Family nursing in Scotland.  Journal of Family Nursing, 10(3), 323-337. doi: 10.1177/1074840704267303

Perkins, M., & Rigney, K.  Education for family health care in clinical settings:  Nursing focus. In S.L. Feetham, S.B. Meister, J.M. Bell, & C.L. Gilliss (Eds.), The nursing of families: Theory/research/education/practice (pp. 155-162). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. (2006). Supporting and strengthening families through expected and unexpected events (rev. suppl.). Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Author. Retrieved from:

Richards, E., & Lansberry, C.R. (1995). A national survey of graduate family nursing educators. Journal of Family Nursing, 1(4), 382-396. doi:10.1177/107484079500100403

Saveman, B.-I., & Benzein, E. (2001).  Here come the Swedes!  A report on the dramatic and rapid evolution of family-focused nursing in Sweden.  Journal of Family Nursing, 7(3), 303-310. doi: 10.1177/107484070100700308

Saveman, B.-I., Måhlen, C., & Benzein, E. (2005). Nursing students’ beliefs about families in nursing care.Nurse Education Today25(6), 480-486. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2005.05.002

Sigurdadottir, A. O., Svavarsdottir, E. K., & Juliusdottir, S. (2015). Family nursing hospital training and the outcome on job demands, control and support. Nurse Education Today, 35(7), 854-858. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2015.03.003

Simpson, P., Yeung, K. K., Kwan, T. Y., & Wah, W. K. (2006). Family systems nursing. A guide to mental health care in Hong Kong. Journal of Family Nursing, 12(3), 276-291.  doi:10.1177/1074840706291436

Svavarsdottir, E.K. (2008).  Excellence in nursing:  A model for implementing Family Systems Nursing in nursing practice at an institutional level in Iceland. Journal of Family Nursing, 14(4), 456-468. doi:10.1177/1074840708328123

Svavarsdottir, E. K., Sigurdardottir, A. O., Konradsdottir, E., Stefansdottir, A., Sveinbjarnardottir, E. K., Ketilsdottir, A.,…Gudmundsdottir, H. (2015). The process of translating family nursing knowledge into clinical practice. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 47(1), 5-15. doi: 10/1111/jnu.12108

Sveinbjarnardottir, E. K., Svavarsdottir, E. K., & Saveman, B. I. (2011). Nurses attitudes towards the importance of families in psychiatric care following an educational and training intervention program. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 18(10),895-903. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01744.x

Smith, P. S., & Jones, M. (2015). Evaluating an online family assessment activity: A focus on diversity and health promotion. Advance online publication. Nursing Forum. doi: 10.1111/nuf.12139

SmithBattle, L., Leander, S., Westhus, N., Freed, P. E., & McLaughlin, D. E. (2010). Writing therapeutic letters in undergraduate nursing education: Promoting relational skill development. Qualitative Health Research, 20(5), 707-716. doi:10.1177/1049732309354095

St. John, W., & Flowers, K. (2009). Working with families:  From theory to nursing practice. Collegian, 16(3), 131-138. doi:10.1016/j.colegn.2009.04.001

St. John, W., & Rolls, C., (1996). Teaching family nursing: Strategies and experiences. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 23(1), 91-96. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1996.tb03140.x

Tapp, D. M., Moules, N. J., Bell, J. M., & Wright, L. M. (1997). Family skills labs: Facilitating the development of family nursing skills in the undergraduate curriculum. Journal of Family Nursing, 3(3), 247-266. doi:10.1177/107484079700300303

Tapp, D. M., & Wright, L. M. (1996). Live supervision and family sVaystems nursing: Post-modern influences and dilemmas. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 3(4), 225-233. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.1996.tb00116.x

Tomm, K. M., & Wright, L. M. (1979).  Training in family therapy: Perceptual, conceptual and executive skills. Family Process, 18(3), 227-250. doi: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.1979.00227.x

Van Gelderen, S., Krumwiede, N., Christian, A. (2016). Teaching family nursing through simulation: Family-Care Rubric development. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 12(5), 159-170. doi: 10.1016/j.ecns.2016.01.002

Vehviläinen-Julkunen, K., & Sohlberg, T. (1995). Teaching family nursing. Nurse Education Today, 15(3), 204-210. doi:10.1016/S0260-6917(95)80107-3

Voltelen, B., Konradsen, H., & Østergaard, B. (2016). Family nursing therapeutic conversations in heart failure outpatient clinics in Denmark: Nurses’ experiences.  Journal of Family Nursing, 22(2), 179-198. doi: 10.1177/1074840716643879

Vosburg, D., & Simpson, P. (1993).  Linking family theory and practice: A family nursing program.  Image: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 25(3), 231-235. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.1993.tb00787.x

Wacharsin, C., & Theinpichet, S. (2008).  Family nursing practice, education, and research: What is happening in Thailand? Journal of Family Nursing, 14(4), 429-435. doi: 10.1177/1074840710376774

Wright, L. M. (1994). Live supervision: Developing therapeutic competence in family systems nursing. Journal of Nursing Education, 33(7), 325-327. PMID:7990004

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Wright, L. M., & Bell, J. M. (1989). A survey of family nursing education in Canadian universities. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 21, 59-74. Retrieved from

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Wright, L. M., & Leahey, M. (Producers).  (2001). Calgary Family Assessment Model: How to apply in clinical practice [DVD]. (available from

Wright, L. M., & Leahey, M. (Producers).  (2002). Family nursing interviewing skills:  how to engage, assess, intervene, and terminate [DVD].  (available from

Wright, L. M., & Leahey, M. (Producers).  (2003). How to intervene with families with health concerns [DVD]. (available from

Wright, L. M. & Leahey, M. (Producers).  (2006).  How to use questions in family interviewing.[DVD]. (available from

Wright, L. M. & Leahey, M. (Producers).  (2010).  Interviewing an individual to gain a family perspective with chronic illness:  A clinical demonstration [DVD]. (available from

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Wright, L. M. & Leahey, M. (Producers).  (2010). Common errors in family interviewing: How to avoid & correct [DVD]. (available from

Wright, L. M., Watson, W. L., & Duhamel, F. (1985). The Family Nursing Unit: Clinical preparation at the Masters’ level. The Canadian Nurse, 81, 26-29. PMID: 3845841

Wright, L. M., Watson, W. L., & Bell, J. M. (1990).  The Family Nursing Unit: A unique integration of research, education and clinical practice.  In J.M. Bell, W.L.Watson, & L.M. Wright (Eds.), The cutting edge of family nursing (pp. 95-112).  Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Family Nursing Unit Publications. Free download of this book chapter (pp. 95-112) is available at DSpace, University of Calgary: