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Nurses transforming health for families worldwide.

Mission: The mission of the International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) is to transform family health by:

  1. Serving as a unifying force and voice for family nursing globally;
  2. Sharing knowledge, practices, and skills to enhance and nurture family nursing practice; and,
  3. Providing family nursing leadership through education, research, scholarship, socialization and collegial exchange on all aspects of family nursing.

IFNA and research of families:

IFNA is the “go-to” association for those doing family research. IFNA members address some of the unique issues and challenges of treating the family (or family sub-system) as the unit of study and analysis. All research themes identified in the current NINR strategic plan (Symptom Science, Wellness, Self-Management, EoL) are areas where family research is critical to continuing to advance the science and inform practice. IFNA is the “research home” for investigators doing family research. IFNA is a global community of nurse scholars and practitioners representing 34 countries who are actively contributing to the health and healing of families.

Why nurses participate in IFNA:

  1. To interact with a global community of nurse scholars and practitioners who care about the health and healing of families.
  2. To assist in creating and exchanging NEW theory, research, practice, education, and policy about families and the nursing of families.
  3. To collaborate, lead, and mentor colleagues from around the world who share a passion for family nursing research, practice, education, and theory. For example, a subcommittee of the Research Committee is dedicated to fostering international collaboration among members.
  4. To communicate directly with one another, share gifts and resources, and learn from each other through twitter and the IFNA website.
  5. To network and exchange new knowledge at biennial IFNA meetings. 13th International Family Nursing Conference, June 14 – 17, 2017, Pamplona, Spain at the University of Navarra.
  6. To access experts and consultants in family nursing research, practice, and education.
  7. To identify and discuss potential employment opportunities in educational and clinical settings.
  8. To learn about various methods of integrating family nursing content into baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs.

 2017 IFNA Conference

13th International Family Nursing Conference, June 14 – 17, 2017, Pamplona, Spain The 13th International Family Nursing Conference (IFNC13) will be held in Pamplona, Spain in June 14 – 17, 2017 at the University of Navarra. This conference is sponsored and organized by the International Family Nursing Association (IFNA).

Museo Universidad de Navarra
Museo Universidad de Navarra, photo courtesy of the University of Navarra

Past Conferences

August 18 – 21, 2015
Odense, Denmark

As reflected in our conference theme “Improving Family Health Globally through Research, Education, and Practice”, the 12th International Family Nursing Conference will focus on engaging nurses and interdisciplinary colleagues in discussion of global trends and issues facing families worldwide. With an emphasis on enhancing family strengths, the conference will focus on promoting creative partnerships among researchers, clinicians, and educators that expand the capacity of family nurses to further family wellbeing.

MNSU, Mankato Preconference

Nurse educators demonstrate how family nursing care concepts are engrained within an undergraduate nursing curriculum.  Family simulation scenarios are embedded throughout courses sequentially to examine family health experiences throughout the lifespan and in various care settings.  Simulations and family electronic health records (EHRs) are effective tools to teach students assessment skills necessary for family care.  The EHR includes a genogram and ecomap that provides students and educators with a visual image capturing family data.  Participants will receive a ‘hands-on’ experience using the family EHR on supplied iPads and learn how to use family scenarios to enhance their teaching.


Nursing Faculty Presentations at IFNA

Royle, C., Krumwiede, N., Van Gelderen, S. Teaching Students to Think Family Through the Use of Geriatric Unfolding Case Studies and Simulation

Van Gelderen, S., Krumwiede, N.  Family Care Rubric: Improving Student Family Care Skills through Education and Simulation

Eggenberger, S., Krumwiede, N., Meiers, S. Family Nursing Construct Framework Links Research, Education and Practice

Meiers, S., Eggenberger, S., Krumwiede, N. Measuring Family Processes of Reintegration in Chronic Illness: The Family Caring and Relating Scale: Chronic Illness (FCARES:CI), collaboration with Winona State University

Young, P., Eggenberger, S., Krumwiede, N. Graduating Baccalaureate Nursing Students’ Attitudes toward Family Nursing Practice

Krumwiede, K., Krumwiede, N. Prostate Cancer as a Global Concern for Family Nurses:  Men Living with Prostate Cancer

Looman, W., Eggenberger, S. Teaching Family Nursing at the Graduate Level: Challenges and strategies for Advanced Practice Role Preparation, collaboration with University of Minnesota

Eggenberger, S., Sanders, M. Knowledge Translation in Family Nursing Science: Implementing an Intervention to Support Family Nursing Practice in an Adult Intensive Care Unit , collaboration with Fairview Ridges, Burnsville)

Krumwiede, N., Krumwiede, K., Van Gelderen, S. Improving Family Health through Community Based Collaborative Action Research

Azarbod, C., Van Gelderen, S., Royle, C., Krumwiede, K., Swan, M., Krumwiede, N., Eggenberger, S., Kuehl, E. Interprofessional Collaboration: Developing a Family Focused Electronic Health Record to Advance Nursing Practice, collaboration with Department of Computer Science


Highlights from the conference

In attendance, over 400 people from 30 different countries.  Less than half of conference participants were from the United States.


(left) Past President  Marcia Van Riper RN, PhD is a Professor at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and incoming President Dr. Kit Chesla Catherine Chesla, RN, DNSc, FAAN  Professor and Shobe Endowed Chair in Ethics and Spirituality International Family Nursing Association transitions the infrastructure for the first time.

(center) Minnesota State University Mankato School of Nursing alum and current graduate student Kacie Hy Jin Lee, award winning pianist from Korea shared her talents during opening ceremony

(right) Minneapolis Youth Chorus provided a celebration of diversity through their musical gifts that focused on the global aims of the International Family Nursing Association


(left) Research, Practice and Education Committee of IFNA met to develop strategic direction. Well attended at 8am!

(center) Dr. Lorraine Wright, Professor Emeritus of nursing University of Calgary offers a pre-conference “Integrating Spirituality into Family Nursing practice: “Do I need to? Do I want to? What clinical skills would I need?”

(right) A near capacity attendance of family scholars, educators, and practitioners attended pre-Conference Family-Focused Nursing Care Using Simulation offered by  Angela Christian, DNP, RN, Stacey Van Gelderen, DNP, RN, Colleen Royle, MSN, RN, Mary Ann Mckenna Moon, MSN, RN, Norma Kruwmwiede EdD, RN, Patricia Young, PhD, RN, Sandra Eggenberger PhD, RN


(left) Dr. Hans Peter De Ruiter continues to develop Austrian partnership in research and education

(center) International Family Nursing Conference Planning committee formed a team that was devoted to delivering an excellent conference with a family education, research, and practice focus to engage the community of global nurses devoted to family

(right) Glen Taylor Nursing Institue for Family and Society provided the Institute with the opportunity to engage global family leaders in the mission of the Institute


(left) Drs. Norma Krumweide, Dr. Kelly Krumwiede and Dr. Stacey Van Gelderen

(center) Dr. Fabie Duhamel and Dr. France Dupuis Dupuis present Knowledge Translation symposium . Dr. Duhamel is  prinicipal investigator International Family Systems Nursing Collaboration for KT Research (IFSYNC). Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society has been invited to participate in this knowledge translation project partnering with Hennepin county medical Center, Minneapolis, Mn. Fairview Ridges Hospital Burnsville and others health care systems

(right) Minnesota State University Mankato students serve as volunteers that welcomed, assisted, and supported the international participants to Minnesota, USA.

(left) More than 60 participants from Japan. Professor Naohiro Hohashi, PhD Kobe University Graduate School of Health Sciences is an IFNC Board Member

(center) Keynote Patricia Benner, RN, PhD, FAAN “Implications for Family Nursing: The National Carnegie Study-Educating Nurses, A Call for Radical Transformation”

(right) Dr. Kit Chesla introduces the International Practice Panel that explored global perspectives on family nursing including current practices, strengths, and areas of concerns in family nursing practice and family nursing education.

 The Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society at Minnesota State University, Mankato has provided generous financial support of the growth and development of this organization.

[PDF]  Teaching Resources (2 MiB)

Poster Project Overview Power Point

Family Construct Overview Power Point

Poster Template