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 promote family nursing in the Netherlands.
A strong team focus on family nursing education and research is being developed. The educational team offered a 6-day training in Family Health Conversations (FamHC) to 40 nurses in the participating care institutions. Three PhD students are working on three different family nursing research programs: family involvement in the hospital setting; the FamHC as an evidence-based family nursing intervention; and the role of family nursing in supporting adolescents who are living with an chronically ill family member. For more information, contact IFNA member, Marie Louise Luttik.
Dr. Marie Louise Luttik and colleagues are organizing an interdisciplinary conference in the Netherlands, Feb 8 & 9, 2018: Family Health Over Lifespan. Call for papers opens May 15, 2017.