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

IFNC15 social media toolkit

The virtual 15th International Family Nursing Conference (IFNC15) sponsored by the International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) is fast approaching! To help you get the most out of IFNC15, and to raise the profile of the conference on social media, a social media toolkit has been published by IFNA. The purpose of the IFNC15 social media … Read more IFNC15 social media toolkit

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

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, Northumbria University, 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 the … Read more A student’s experience of family nursing

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

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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