Research News

Please forward your Family Nursing Research News to Helene Moriarty, Co-Chair of the IFNA Research Committee.


  • 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-, … [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, … [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' … [Read More...]

    Dr. Ami Bylund Conducts Family Nursing Research in Sweden

    Ami Bylund, RN, PhD, works as a research nurse at the Department of Surgery, Ersta Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden and is a member of the Family Focused Care Research Group at Linnaeus University, Sweden. She defended her doctoral thesis, "Wait For Us To Catch Up" in January 2017 which explored aspects of family functioning following gastric bypass surgery including families' main concerns after … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read More...]

    Dr. Ann Garwick Promotes the Health of Families Who Have Children with Chronic Conditions

    Ann Garwick, PhD, RN, LMFT, LP, FAAN, is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota, USA.  Her research focuses on promoting the health of children and adolescents with chronic health conditions and their family caregivers. Current research projects include the International School Nurse Asthma and ADHD Project conducted in Minnesota and … [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 … [Read More...]

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