What is #Family Nursing?

Family nursing. Family health nursing. Family centred care. Family focused care. Family systems nursing. So many terms, so little clarity! When I was teaching family nursing, I had an assignment requiring students to find articles on family nursing. Surprisingly, this often generated angst as students would come up with articles that did not, to my... Continue Reading →

The Family Voice in Hospital Discharge Planning 

My immediate and extended family are both experiencing significant health issues these days. Having a family member in hospital right now for an acute injury, it struck me that the concept of discharge planning is completely unfamiliar to my relatives. As a nurse, of course, I am very aware of the standards and expectations for... Continue Reading →

Family Nursing Goes Global on Twitter

Anyone who knows me knows that I love using Twitter for professional development and networking. So it was exciting to have the opportunity to teach other family nurses how to use Twitter in a pre-conference workshop at the 13th International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) conference last week, with the IFNA Communication Committee (pictured above: Dr.... Continue Reading →

#BellLetsTalk about The Other 4

Today is Bell Let's Talk day, where Bell Canada raises awareness and funds for mental health programs. Among the many tweets I've seen so far today, one stood out. It was from someone associated with Fame for Families and noted that 1 in 5 Canadians live with a mental illness; while caregivers, the "other 4" are also... Continue Reading →

First #IFNAchat a success

In recent weeks I have had the pleasure of planning and organizing Twitter chats as a way for family nurses to connect, through the International Family Nursing Association (IFNA). If you know me, you know that I am all about connection! So this has been an exciting project. We launched our first #IFNAchat yesterday, and... Continue Reading →

#IFNAchat Details

I will be moderating this month's #IFNAchat which will be a discussion of the International Family Nursing Association 's Position Statement on Generalist Competencies for Family Nursing Practice. There will be two one-hour chat times, to offer an opportunity for family nurses worldwide to participate.  We will discuss the following four questions during the chat:  What... Continue Reading →

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