Research News

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


  • 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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read More...]

    Dr. Wendy Looman Promotes Meaningful Use of Data in Care Coordination with Families

    Wendy Looman, PhD, APRN, PNP, is an associate professor at the School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, USA. Dr. Looman studies telehealth care coordination interventions for families of children with medical complexity. She uses the ANA Data, Information, Knowledge, and Wisdom (DIKW) framework to understand how nurses transform assessment data in electronic health records into meaningful … [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 … [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; … [Read More...]

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