Stroke – the family condition – Guest blog by Dr Amanda Jones Consultant Stroke Nurse

May is ‘Stroke Awareness Month’ and  Dr Amanda Jones, Consultant Stroke Nurse and Clinical lead for the Stroke Pathway at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT highlights in her blog about the effects of a person’s stroke on the whole family and how nurses can support them at different phases of the condition. Stroke has been … Read more Stroke – the family condition – Guest blog by Dr Amanda Jones Consultant Stroke Nurse

Join the IFNA networking event on May 12th

We warmly invite you to another 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 hear from international colleagues. Although two events are planned, the event scheduled for Wednesday 12 … Read more Join the IFNA networking event on May 12th

One year on

One year since the first national lockdown was announced across the UK, most of us will be spending time reflecting on what life has been like over the last year. Today will be emotional for many people and their families for a variety of reasons. Separation and loss of loved ones, being unable to see … Read more One year on

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

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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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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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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The vital importance of family nursing and midwifery in the UK and Ireland

Professor Veronica Swallow, Professor Alison Metcalfe and Professor Veronica Lambert, Chapter Co-leads, reposted from the Evidence-Based Nursing blog, published in March 2020

Nurses and midwives (nurses) play a major role in supporting people across the life-course. Within multi-disciplinary teams nurses support many patients/clients remotely, but patients/clients rely predominantly on family members for home-based support with self-management. Family nursing provides nursing care to the whole family and to individual family members with attention to relationships among members. When one person in a family has health support needs this can bring family role-changes that cause stress to the family unit, while individual family members may struggle to adapt to the altered circumstances.

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