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15th International Family Nursing Conference (IFNC15)

Monday 28 June to Friday 02 July 2021 (with pre-conference workshops on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 June 2021)

Virtual conference

The theme for the 15th International Family Nursing Conference (IFNC15), is “Family Nursing across the Life Course.” The 15th International Family Nursing Conference will focus on engaging nurses¹, interdisciplinary colleagues, and families worldwide in exploring and discussing family nursing across the life course. Our conference will address family nursing at any points across the life course, i.e., from the perinatal period to childhood and young adulthood, through adulthood to older adulthood, and at end-of-life and during times of bereavement at any life course period and include technological advancements. The conference will emphasise promoting national and international collaborations among families, researchers, educators and clinicians to promote the capacity and capability of family nurses as advocates for optimal family health and well-being throughout the life course.

¹When using the term Nursing, we mean Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Visiting.

Although the conference was originally planned to take place in Dublin, Ireland, a decision was made to make the conference a virtual event, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty for international travel in 2021.

At the end of the conference, attendees should be able to:

  • Education: Disseminate innovative educational approaches from around the globe to assess, intervene/promote, and measure family health outcomes throughout the life course across all levels of nursing education.
  • Practice: Appraise family nursing practice innovations and models to inform evidence-based family health practice throughout the life course internationally.
  • Research: Examine influencing factors, innovative methodologies, advanced technologies, research evidence for practice, and translation of family nursing research related to education, practice, and policy throughout the life course worldwide.
  • Policy/Leadership: Analyse opportunities for encouraging family nurses to take active roles in health care policy and leadership to support family health and family care across the life course globally.

The conference will be co-chaired by Professor Veronica Swallow and Professor June Horowitz. Here are the rest of the conference planning committee:

Committee Representation
Jill Bally, (Canada) Education Committee
Maria do Céu Barbieri Figueiredo, (Portugal) Practice Committee
Kim Mooney Doyle, (USA) Research Committee
Cynthia Danford, (USA) Research Committee

Linda Young, (USA) Resource Advancement Committee
Kathy Knafl, (USA) IFNA Treasurer

Country Liaison Coordinators
Sarah Neill, (United Kingdom)
Ana Marcia Castillo, (Brazil)
Barbara Voltelen, (Denmark)

Local Planning
Veronica Lambert, (Ireland)

Student Engagement
Wendi Smith

Regina Szylit, (Brazil)
Barbara Giambra, (USA)

National Roundtable Debate

Wednesday 15 January 2020

Sheffield, England, United Kingdom