Chapter member Hora Soltani awarded an MBE

We would like to congratulate one of our Chapter members, Hora Soltani, Professor of Maternal and Infant Health at Sheffield Hallam University, who was awarded an MBE in the Queens New Year’s Honours list. Professor Hora Soltani received the award in recognition of her services to maternal and infant health after dedicating more than twenty … Read more Chapter member Hora Soltani awarded an MBE

Pregnant women and their families should not be left behind in the fight against COVID-19

Professor Hora Soltani MBE, PhD, MMedSci, BSc, RM I am not an expert in communicable diseases, particularly with this strange virus which caught all of us offhand. However, out of professional and personal curiosity, I have been looking at the literature surrounding COVID-19 and pregnancy adverse outcomes and explored some recent evidence on the short … Read more Pregnant women and their families should not be left behind in the fight against COVID-19

A student’s experience of family nursing

Emily Carr – Adult Nursing Student, University of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK   My experience of family nursing The word ‘family’ evokes, for many, the traditional sense of a nuclear family: wife, husband and children, but the modern world demands an ever developing need to move away from this restricted view. This is especially pertinent within … Read more A student’s experience of family nursing

Veronica Lambert recognised in the top 100 health care leaders in Ireland

We are so proud of our Chapter Co-Lead, Professor Veronica Lambert, who has recently been recognised as one of the top 100 healthcare leaders in Ireland by Hospital Professional News Ireland. The ‘Professional 100’ celebrates Ireland’s top healthcare achievers from a range of disciplines, ranging from frontline clinicians to those working in the pharmaceutical industry, … Read more Veronica Lambert recognised in the top 100 health care leaders in Ireland

Family nursing – why and what is it?

Professor Alison Metcalfe PhD BSc RN PG Cert

For decades, nursing in all specialties in the UK has focused on improving and developing patient-centred or client-centred care. Highly laudable and imperative to providing care that recognises the patient / client as an individual, with their own values, beliefs, knowledge and experiences. However, some nurses are beginning to recognise that patient-centred care is only the tip of the iceberg in assisting patients / clients to recovery, healing or learning to live with long-term conditions or adjust to life changing events such as childbirth, death and bereavement. Patients or clients’ management of their health, illness and wellbeing is dependent on their most ‘significant others’, their families and friends or ‘relational care’.

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The 15th International Family Nursing Conference is going virtual

The IFNA Board of Directors, reposted from the IFNA website, published in July 2020

After thoughtful consideration of the continued influences of COVID-19 on persons, families, and institutions, the International Family Nursing Association Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to conduct the 15th International Family Nursing Conference (IFNC15) “Family Nursing Across the Life Course” virtually to keep all members safe and healthy.

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A COVID-19 message from the IFNA President and President-elect

IFNA President, Professor Sonja J. Meiers PhD RN PHN and IFNA President-elect, Professor Veronica Swallow PhD MMedSci BSc (Hons) RGN RSCN

Dear IFNA colleagues around the world, these COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) times are unprecedented and uncertain for nurses and midwives (hereafter referred to as nurses) caring for families in uncharted territory. The 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife initiative has taken on new meaning as nurses are on the frontlines ensuring access to safe and quality care. We receive messages each day from IFNA members telling stories of unfailing compassion with patients suffering from COVID-19 and its complications. In the context of COVID-19, nurses in hospitals are seeing the suffering that patients and clients (hereafter referred to as patients) experience without their families present due to restricted visiting. In addition, nurses in the community and other care facilities are seeing family members being separated because of local Quarantine and Self-isolation regulations that are designed to reduce the risk of cross-infection.

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National Roundtable Debate

Professor Veronica Swallow PhD MMedSci BSc (Hons) RGN RSCN

In January 2020, the UK and Ireland IFNA Chapter hosted a National Roundtable Debate at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, to discuss the question: Should nurses, midwives and health visitors use more family focused interventions to actively promote care of patients’ and clients’ families? Before the event, Professor Alison Metcalfe shared a blog to pave the way for the debate. The agenda for the event can be viewed here.

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