Family Nursing: Walking the Talk
This article discusses a study exploring the lived experience of family nursing for novice registered nurses. There has been an increased emphasis on including family content in Canadian nursing education curricula. Literature on family nursing is ambiguous about differentiating family nursing at the generalist and specialist level, and acknowledges that there is a blurring of lines between the two. The study utilized a phenomenological approach to examine how nurses with 2 years or less in practice experience family nursing in a variety of settings. Following ethical approval, invitations were sent to all nurses employed in two health authorities, who met the study criteria. Five nurses were interviewed using a semistructured interview. Participants shared how they practice family nursing in the current nursing situation of shortages and constraints. This study adds to our understanding of what happens at a beginning level of family nursing, how nurses understand and experience caring for families in the everyday enactment of their professional role, and barriers and facilitators to including family in nursing care. The findings provide important information for nurse educators in grounding the teaching of family nursing in the real world of nurses.