Celebrate WORD Day 2021

WOrld young Rheumatic Diseases Day (WORD Day) is an annual international awareness day that takes place on March 18th each year. The aim of WORD Day is to first raise awareness of all the different kinds of rheumatic diseases in children and young people, while informing children and young people, parents, healthcare professionals, teachers, and … Read more Celebrate WORD Day 2021

A student’s perspective on communicating with families of children with learning disabilities

Chloe Hawkins – Learning Disability Nursing Student, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK   Terminology when supporting families of children with learning disabilities is as vital as the nursing care we provide… Specialised family support for all is an essential part of nursing care. Recent figures reported by the International Family Nursing Association show how increased family … Read more A student’s perspective on communicating with families of children with learning disabilities

Join us at a free networking event

We warmly invite you and all of our IFNA – UK & Ireland Chapter members to join us at a free virtual networking event, hosted by our parent organisation, IFNA, for members, their colleagues and friends who may be interested in family nursing and family-focused care. It will be a great opportunity to meet and … Read more Join us at a free networking event

Spotlight on planetary health

Today, Nursing Times published an article co-authored by Diana Greenfield and Veronica Swallow. This was based on a blog initiated and authored by Diana Greenfield, one of our IFNA – UK and Ireland Chapter Executive Group members. Click here to read the article on Nursing Times. Diana drew on the IFNA Position Statement on Planetary … Read more Spotlight on planetary health

Racism influences family health

IFNA President, Professor Sonja J. Meiers PhD RN PHN  The International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) embraces a compassionate family focus on health, social justice, human dignity, and respect for all. The vision of IFNA is to transform health for families worldwide. The senseless and tragic instance of 46-year old African American Mr. George Floyd’s death … Read more Racism influences family health

New website launched to support family-focussed healthcare in UK and Ireland

New website launched to support family-focussed healthcare in UK and Ireland COVID-19 has seen more families caring for loved ones with acute illnesses and now Sheffield Hallam University has co-designed a new website dedicated to supporting the role of family-focussed healthcare in the UK and Ireland. Family nursing, midwifery and community care focuses on promoting … Read more New website launched to support family-focussed healthcare in UK and Ireland

How family nursing can promote shared decision-making and patient safety

Rachel Power, Chief Executive of The Patients Association In our recent report, Being a Patient, we found that patients found being ill frustrating, frightening and left them feeling vulnerable. Although the report also identified positive aspects, such as having received high quality care, and valuing the expertise of the clinicians who treated them, our overall … Read more How family nursing can promote shared decision-making and patient safety

Early beginnings

Dr Kit Chesla DNSc RN FAAN

The development of the International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) is a remarkable story of courage and commitment by a dedicated group of international nurses who were united by a goal to improve the health and wellbeing of families around the globe. My name is Dr. Kit Chesla and I am a Professor Emerita at University of California, San Francisco, Department of Family Health Care Nursing. I was a steering committee member who helped with the early formation of IFNA as a professional organisation (along with. Drs. Bell, Curry & Knafl).

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