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Oct. 1-2: International Family Nursing Conference

Staff from Glen Taylor Nursing Institute to attend Montreal conference.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-28-2012

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society has been invited to participate in an international conference in Montreal, Canada on Oct. 1-2 that will discuss a global initiative focused on advancing family nursing practice.

The intent of the conference, titled the “International Family Systems Nursing Collaboration,” is to develop an international research agenda that will examine how family nursing can be more effectively implemented in practice settings around the world, said project facilitator Janice Bell, editor of the Journal of Family Nursing and a member of the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute Advisory Council.

Researchers and knowledge-users from six countries (Canada, Iceland, Japan, Sweden, Thailand, USA) have been invited to attend the conference, which is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). The Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society is the sole participant from the United States invited to be part of this research effort.

Presenters at the conference will share the latest research results related to family nursing knowledge and translation from their respective counties. They will also clarify and reach a consensus on the “family nursing knowledge” to be translated in practice for the research project and how each country will contribute to the project.

“This invitation provides the Institute with a unique opportunity to join forces with international colleagues who are also committed to advancing nursing practice with families,” said Sandra Eggenberger, director of the Institute. “A significant part of the Institute’s mission is to form partnerships that improve the health of society and families. This academic-practice collaboration will encourage users of this knowledge in the hospital setting to become a vital component of the research group and effect positive change.”

Joining Eggenberger at the conference will be Marcia Stevens, a professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s School of Nursing, and Lynn Kuechle, coordinator for the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society. Also attending the conference will be two medical personnel from Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and a clinical nurse specialist in oncology at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Minn. Eggenberger said that Mayo Health Systems in Mankato will play a crucial role in sharing the research plan.

The conference will be led by Dr. Fabie Duhamel, principal investigator and professor at the University of Montreal. Duhamel wrote a proposal to hold the conference that was titled “Partnering to Advance the Practice of Family Nursing in Health Care Services: An International Research Collaboration.”

In her proposal, Duhamel wrote: “That Family Nursing would someday be offered as ‘usual nursing care’ around the world is the guiding vision for the proposal.”

The Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society was established as the result of a $7 million pledge in 2008 by Glen and Becky Taylor that allowed Minnesota State Mankato’s School of Nursing to establish the Institute, create an endowed faculty chair and provide doctoral fellowships in nursing.

The Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society along with Minnesota State Mankato faculty and staff will be instrumental in the planning of the 2013 International Family Nursing Conference, which will be held from June 19-22 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. The 2011 International Family Nursing Conference, held in Kyoto, Japan, had more than 1,000 participants from 34 countries.

For more information about the conference and other activities of the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society, please contact Sandra Eggenberger by phone at 507-389-6821 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, a system of 31 public colleges and universities with 54 campuses in 47 communities throughout the state of Minnesota.

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