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My Manifesto: Weaving and Connecting

Updated: June 2016 Definition: "A manifesto is a published verbal declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group, political party or government" (Wickipedia). 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.…

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Could Therapeutic Conversations with Families Affect Patient Quality and Safety?

I was invited to offer a keynote yesterday at the British Columbia Quality and Safety Council's preconference forum on Patient and Family Centered Care.  Yesterday's group wasn't my usual tribe of family nursing scholars and practitioners. Instead it was an interesting group of health care providers, legislators, administrators, and patient care advocates who care about…

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Kissing Cousins?: Family Health Nursing in European Communities

Family Health Nursing Conference, Berlin, October 2012 In October 2012, I presented a keynote at the Family Health Nursing International Conference (http://www.uws.ac.uk/familyhealthnursingconference2012/) in Berlin, Germany. This conference showcased the two-year European funded project led by Professor Paul Martin, University of the West of Scotland, to revitalize the WHO vision for creating a new kind of "generalist…

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Making Ideas “Stick”: The 15-Minute Family Interview

I've been thinking a lot about the struggle we have to make ideas "stick".  In my work of creating and disseminating family nursing knowledge, I invite nurses to change their beliefs and behavior about families and "get" the benefits that exist for families and nurses when families are included in health care. A recent book…

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Top 12 Movies about Families and Illness Suffering

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I've found movies to be powerful learning experiences for my students and myself. Movies highlight family stories about the experience of illness, draw the viewer into the poignancy and loneliness of illness suffering, and often model how family members and…

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My Story Starts Here…

My Family 2013 Every family has a story; every story has a family... They say that every story is told differently, depending on the audience. Here is my story. I come from a large, extended, matriarchal family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and many cousins who have enriched my life within a network of supportive, nurturing…