Dear Family Nursing Colleagues:
As 2014 draws to a close, I want to say THANK YOU for all of the hard work and expertise you are contributing to ADVANCE FAMILY NURSING in your practice, in your teaching, and through your research. Here is some of the Family Health & Healing News that I would like to highlight:
JOURNAL OF FAMILY NURSING
This year in the Journal of Family Nursing (JFN), Dr. Ulrika Östlund and Dr. Carina Persson, family nursing colleagues in Sweden, published an integrative review of Family Systems Nursing research in which they examined families’ responses to Family Systems Nursing interventions:
GENERALIST COMPETENCIES FOR FAMILY NURSING PRACTICE
The International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) was established in 2009 and appointed a structure of Standing Committees in early 2010. The IFNA Family Nursing Practice Committee is currently co-chaired by Dr. Kathryn Anderson, USA, and Dr. France Dupuis, Canada, and has been diligently working for the past year to develop a Position Statement on Generalist Competencies for Family Nursing Practice. A draft is now ready for your review and feedback. Deadline for your input is January 30, 2015.
NEW FAMILY NURSING TEXTBOOKS
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO ADVANCE THE NURSING OF FAMILIES
I’ve been cheerleading the use of the social media to advance family nursing for several years. With each passing year, I’ve been delighted to observe more and more family nursing colleagues and family scholars starting to blog, develop a website, and participate in ResearchGate,Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc. Perhaps your New Year’s resolution will include becoming more active on at least one of these social media sites to spread the good news about the healing potential of involving families in health care. Here are links to my social media channels: Janice M. Bell website, Illness Beliefs Model website, Twitter, ResearchGate, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
Let’s embrace 2015 with bold enthusiasm as we look forward to meeting at the 12th International Family Nursing Conference in Odense, Denmark, August 18-21, 2015. The 1st International Family Nursing Conference took place in Calgary, Alberta Canada in May 1988, chaired by Dr. Lorraine Wright. The 12th International Family Nursing Conference will be the second official meeting of the International Family Nursing Association. I am looking forward to seeing you in beautiful Odense this summer thanks to the excellent work of the IFNA Conference Committee led by Dr. Kathleen Knafl, USA, and Dr. Janet Deatrick, USA, and the IFNA Local Organizing Committee led by Dr. Birte Østergaard, Denmark.