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Nursing Faculty Author Textbook

Three nursing faculty, the director of the Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society and colleague authored "Family-Focused Nursing Care."

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-24-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Three Minnesota State University, Mankato School of Nursing faculty members are among the authors and editors of a textbook, “Family-Focused Nursing Care,” that was recently published by F.A. Davis Company, a leading independent nursing, medicine and health sciences publisher.

The textbook explores current evidence related to family health and family nursing practice, but also emphasizes ways to bring the care of families to the forefront of clinical practice.

The textbook’s authors and editors are Sharon Denham, Sandra Eggenberger, Patricia Young and Norma Krumwiede. Eggenberger, Young and Krumwiede are all professors in Minnesota State Mankato’s School of Nursing. Eggenberger is the director of the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society, which was established at Minnesota State Mankato in 2008 through a $7 million gift from Glen and Becky Taylor. Denham is a Taylor visiting scholar.

According to the authors, their aim in writing this book was to have a resource to introduce undergraduate nursing students to family care and help practicing nurses refocus on family nursing and transform the ways they deliver nursing care.

Five sections and 15 chapters provide information about the importance of family-focused care and its current relevance to individuals, families, communities, and our larger society. The F.A. Davis website provides the table of contents and a sample textbook chapter. An Instructor Guide to the textbook includes learning materials such as case studies, learning activities, web links, and examination questions to help engage students in active learning.

This summer elements of the text will be shared at the International Family Nursing Conference in Denmark, where Minnesota State Mankato School of Nursing faculty are presenting preconferences, posters, and papers.

Minnesota State Mankato School of Nursing faculty have previously written books that have been published, but “Family-Focused Nursing Care” is the first textbook known to be authored by faculty in the University’s School of Nursing, which was started in 1953.

The textbook’s authors are excited to share the completion of this important work with others, and are available for questions, dialogue and collaborative efforts. They may be reached through the School of Nursing faculty and staff directory.

The School of Nursing is part of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Allied Health and Nursing.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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