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June 19-22: International Family Nursing Conference

More than 400 will attend from 30 countries.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 6-11-2013

Mankato, Minn. – More than 400 participants from 30 countries will attend the 11th International Family Nursing Convention from June 19-22 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (1300 Nicollet Mall) in Minneapolis to exchange ideas and address critical questions related to the future of family research, practice and education.

The following faculty from Minnesota State University, Mankato School of Nursing will participate in conjunction with the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society: Angela Christian; Stacey Van Gelderen; Colleen Royle; Mary Ann McKenna Moon; Norma Krumwiede; Patricia Young; and Sandra Eggenberger. A number of nursing practitioners from the Mankato area are also participating.

The conference will conclude with a post-conference workshop on Saturday, June 22 on the Minnesota State Mankato campus. The June 22 workshop will begin at 3 p.m. at Trafton North 363 and then be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Wissink Hall (Rooms 366, 367, 378, 358) and conclude from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Trafton North 363.

Three prominent nursing scholars and educators will deliver keynotes at the conference in Minneapolis, including:

  • Pauline Boss, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota, a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy; a former president of the National Council on Family Relations, and a family therapist in private practice.
  • Patricia Benner, professor emerita at the University of California School of Nursing and author of “From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Nursing Practice,” which has been translated into eight languages. She has directed over 50 doctoral dissertations.
  • Pamela Hinds, the director of the Department of Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes and associate director of the Center for Clinical Translational Science at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and a professor of pediatrics at George Washington University.

Boss will speak on “Ambiguous Loss: Resiliency Not Closure,” from 8:50 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, June 20 in the Nicollet A/B Ballroom.

Benner will speak on “Implications for Family Nursing: The National Carnegie Study – Educating Nurses, A Call for Radical Transformation,” from 9:10 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, June 21 in the Nicollet A/B Ballroom.

Hinds will speak on “‘The Good Parent’ of Seriously Ill Children: A Family Construct,” from 11:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Nicollet A/B Ballroom.

A complete conference schedule is available in the brochure published here.

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society has provided generous financial support for the growth and development of the International Family Nursing Association and is the official conference sponsor.

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

The conference is the official meeting of the International Family Nursing Association. The biennial International Family Nursing Conference is held at locations worldwide. The last conference was held in 2011 in Kyoto, Japan.

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.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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