All nurses are family nurses! That is, all nurses enter into relationships with families that have the potential to alleviate the suffering caused by illness. Even nurses who do not have direct contact with families do have an impact through their care of an individual, as “what affects one family member affects all”.
Family nursing requires particular knowledge and competencies. It is more than just family-centred care! The image above is from the 13th International Family Nursing Conference held June 14-17, where nurses from around the world gathered to share new research and practice aimed at reducing the illness suffering of families and promoting family health.
To learn more about the theory and practice of family nursing, and develop your skills at working with families, see Workshops and Presentations
International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) position statements:
- IFNA Position Statement on Generalist Competencies for Family Nursing Practice
- IFNA Position Statement on Advanced Practice Competencies for Family Nursing
- IFNA Position Statement on Pre-Licensure Family Nursing Education
More information about family nursing:
- editorial by Dr. Janice Bell in the Journal of Family Nursing: Family Nursing is More Than Family Centered Care