Dr. Janice M. Bell, RN, PhD

Janice M. Bell, RN, PhD, is devoted to bold, inspired efforts that transform health care practice with families experiencing illness.

I am a nurse educator and registered psychologist who provides global leadership in the field of Family Health & Healing with a particular emphasis on family-focused practice, research, education, and theory. My mission is to TRANSFORM health care practice with families. I took up this call early in my work because I am a family member who has only rarely and infrequently received family focused care and support I needed for my healing and my family’s healing. I believe illness is a family affair!  A person needing health care is only half of the “patient”.  The other half is the family. Families need to be more included, welcomed, and acknowledged by health care providers.

Knowledge creation and knowledge transfer to improve caring practices with families are both central to my mission. I co-developed the Illness Beliefs Model (website: www.illnessbeliefsmodel.com) for advanced practice with families. Using a systemic, relational approach, the Illness Beliefs Model invites the health care provider to address illness suffering and family healing in a particular manner and to become a particular kind of person.

I serve as the Founding Editor of the Journal of Family Nursing.  I served on the four-member Coordinating Committee that helped to establish the International Family Nursing Association in 2009. I am a member of the Communications Committee and Practice Committee of the International Family Nursing Association and a member of the Advisory Council of the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society.

My mission for transforming health care with families is focused on increasing the capacity of health care providers to care for families with competence, confidence, and compassion.  I offer workshops and consultation to an international community of health care professionals. I also accept invitations to speak to health care providers about the importance and effectiveness of family-focused practice, education, and research.  See the Workshops and Consulting sections of my website for more information. I want to connect YOU to a global community of scholars who share a passion for family-focused care.

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