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OHSU School of Nursing Professor Pens Popular Family Health Care Nursing Textbook

   Portland, Ore.

Shirley May Harmon Hanson, Ph.D., professor of population-based nursing in the OHSU School of Nursing, has recently published the critically acclaimed "Family Health Care Nursing: Theory, Practice and Research."

This second edition of this nationally recognized textbook has been completely rewritten and updated. New chapters include information on the demographics of families in the future and family nursing , and social policies and health. "The book is especially useful because it addresses the concept of family health care nursing and how these concepts and theories are practiced in health care professions," Hanson said.

A review published in the Western Journal of Nursing Research states that, "This text has the potential to assist nurses on all levels in their efforts to translate family theory into practice."

"I view this textbook as an OHSU School of Nursing textbook because almost half of the chapters were written by our nursing faculty and fellows," she said.

The book is used in undergraduate and graduate family nursing courses taught in the OHSU School of Nursing. Other schools of nursing, family social science and health care programs also teach from Hanson's book. The book recently was translated into Japanese for use in that country.

The OHSU School of Nursing faculty members, faculty emeritus and former postdoctoral fellows who contributed to this book include: Naomi Ballard, R.N., M.A., M.S., associate professor emeritus; Cecelia Capuzzi, R.N., Ph.D., professor and chairwoman of population-based nursing; Vivian Gedaly-Duff, R.N., D.N.Sc., associate professor of nursing; Marsha Heims, R.N., Ed.D., associate professor of nursing; Gail Houck, R.N., Ph.D., associate professor of nursing; Sheila Kodadek, R.N., Ph.D., professor of nursing; Louise Martell, R.N., Ph.D., associate professor of family and child nursing, University of Washington School of Nursing, formerly an assistant professor of nursing at OHSU.

Two former OHSU postdoctoral students also contributed to the book: Debra Gay Anderson, R.N.C., Ph.D., associate professor of nursing, University of Kentucky College of Nursing; and Diane Hatton, R.N., C.S., D.N.Sc., professor of nursing Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, University of San Diego.

The book is available at the OHSU Medical/Nursing Bookstore or at Hanson welcomes any questions or comments at


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