First IFSYNC Meeting: 2012, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Since 2011, I have had the privilege to work with Principal Investigator, Dr. Fabie Duhamel, professor at University of Montreal and Director of the Center for Excellence in Family Nursing, to coordinate an International Family Systems Nursing Collaboration (IFSYNC) research group focused on knowledge translation (KT) of Family Systems Nursing (FSN) to practice settings.
The first meeting of this invited research group took place in Montreal in October 2012. Researchers and knowledge-users from 6 countries (Canada, Iceland, Japan, Sweden, Thailand, USA) were invited to join a discussion about using KT science to examine the implementation of family nursing in practice settings. The meeting was funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), The Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society, and the Center of Excellence in Family Nursing. The intent of the meeting was to develop an international research agenda to examine how we can more effectively implement FSN in practice settings around the world. I served as the facilitator at this exciting meeting and curated a list of selected literature to orient myself and our group members to the conceptual and methodological issues related to KT in family nursing (read more).
This important work requires partnerships, collaboration, and strong relationships between researchers and knowledge-users. It also expands the research agenda by experimenting with a variety of educational intervention strategies with and for practicing nurses to insure implementation family nursing in daily practice AND goes up a systems level to recognize that even well-educated nurses with great skills training and supervision, can’t alone make the difference that needs to happen in our health care systems in order for family focused care to be realized. Perhaps accounting for the facilitating and constraining barriers within the larger health care system will help practice change with families be supported and sustained. The Montreal meeting inspired our group to begin planning for a multi-site and perhaps multi-national KT study or studies.
2nd IFSYNC Meeting: 2013, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Our IFSYNC Research Group met again at the 11th International Family Nursing Conference in Minneapolis on June 18, 2013 to discuss the progress we are making across the 6 member countries. Two new members from Switzerland and Spain joined us. An update about an innovative KT methodology developed by Fabie Duhamel (Principal Investigator) and her colleague, France Dupuis, was discussed.
3rd IFSYNC Meeting: 2015, Odense, Denmark
The IFSYNC group, with representation from 7 countries (Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA) met prior to the 12th International Family Nursing conference in Odense, Denmark on August 17, 2015 to provide more opportunities for discussion and collaboration about research in Family Systems Nursing. A research team from Denmark joined our IFSYNC group. They are involved in an RCT which examines family and nurse outcomes of a Family Systems Nursing educational intervention with cardiac care nurses. A decision was made to begin an IFSYNC listserv for purpose of sharing news and resources related to Family Systems Nursing research.
A IFSYCN Research Activities diagram was proposed by Fabie Duhamel and France Dupuis as a way to think about the various types of Family Systems Nursing research that is being conducted by IFSYNC members distinguished by the end use: PRACTICE (Knowledge Translation Research); EDUCATION (Family Systems Nursing Education Intervention Research); and THEORY (Family Systems Nursing Intervention Research).
Fabie Duhamel and France Dupuis offered a pre-conference workshop on August 18, 2015 at the 12th International Family Nursing Conference: Planning Family Systems Nursing Knowledge Translation Research Projects. Where to Start?
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