Family Nursing

Dr Beverly Anderson: Remembering a Life & a Name

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

November 2, 2018 is one year since my dear friend/colleague Dr Beverly Anderson died. The first anniversary of a death is poignant and sacred. Yes, I have had other significant losses: my parents and other relatives; friends, friends’ children and friends’ parents. But each new loss beckons new learnings about living, dying, and grieving. Of all […]

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“I’ve never seen a family interview”: Three Approaches to Transform Practice!

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Did you know that most practicing nurses have never observed a therapeutic conversation with a family?   For those of us immersed in family nursing education, practice, and/or research for many years, it is surprising, disappointing, and even a bit shocking to realize.  But it’s a clear message that family nursing is still a pioneer endeavor […]

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“Because She Knows Me”: A Poignant Commendation for a Cardiac Family Nurse

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Comments made by a family member during a therapeutic conversation can often linger long after a meeting.  This usually is experienced as a paradigm moment of learning for the nurse because the comments trigger an affective and physiological reaction and invite deep reflection. Such was the case with a couple we had the privilege to meet […]

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Eckhart Tolle’s Words of Wisdom: Application to Family Nursing Practice

Friday, July 31st, 2015

For the past few weeks, I have been enjoying the “Tolle Afterglow”.  For 5 days in June, 2015, I had the privilege of attending a Retreat for Helping Professionals offered by Eckhart Tolle. I was very curious and eager to learn if some of Tolle’s ideas could be utilized in my teaching and clinical practice […]

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The Kindness of Strangers and its Application to Family Nursing Practice: What I learned from walking the Camino Frances!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Can you keep a secret? I just turned the big 70 in the month of October. Although I had already enjoyed a wonderful pre-70th birthday celebration with family/friends, I had wanted to do something memorable on my actual birthday day. The idea of walking the Camino Frances in Spain seemed like the perfect choice for […]

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When is a family a “family”?

Friday, December 17th, 2010

I never gave much thought about when is a family a “family”.   But all that changed when I encountered an amazing Brazilian family who taught me the importance of asking this question.  Most of my great learning about families has occurred in direct clinical practice and my experience with this family was no exception. My […]

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