Updated: June 2016
My greatest desire is to move family nursing forward and change health care (assessment and intervention) to include the central influence that relationships have in health and healing. I am a registered nurse and a registered psychologist. In addition to a career in academia where I had the privilege of working with and learning from Dr. Lorraine Wright in the Family Nursing Unit, University of Calgary, I helped organize the first International Family Nursing Conference in Calgary in 1988 which Lorraine Wright chaired. I accepted an invitation from SAGE Publications in 1993 to help develop a peer-reviewed journal for family nursing. In 2005, I helped organize a conversation between family nursing colleagues to begin the work of establishing an international family nursing organization which was formed in 2009. In 2010, I accepted an invitation to help organize a federally funded research conversation about knowledge translation of Family Systems Nursing within an international community of family nursing scholars and practitioners.
My lead roles are a being a WEAVER and a CONNECTOR: who can I connect? how can I help people promote their ideas for family health and healing? how can I create a web of relationships in the family nursing world to speed up connections and collaboration between family nursing colleagues? how can I speed up the spread of family nursing? how can I speed up the spread of family-focused, collaborative health care? Continue Reading