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NURSE-FAMILY PARTNERSHIP
May 14, 2011

This is a personal reflection in review of the impact that Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is having on the Art and Science of Nursing in serving vulnerable first-time families. As a registered nurse in the community for more than 20 years, I can personally proclaim that the Nurse-Family Partnership program is improving the lives of vulnerable first-time families across large and small needy communities. It is an Evidence Based Community Health Program of more than 30 years, that has demonstrated mastery of combing the science of knowing with the science of caring. Integrating health and psychosocial indicators in working with vulnerable populations is critical for providers of services across health and human services nationwide.

Imagine, that many first time families do not plan their first child; many are unstable, unsupported, hopeless and lost in family and community systems combined. Many Public Policy makers have often said that true cause-and-effect relationships of this nature are difficult to establish. I can only say to stakeholders, that the time has come to simply look, listen and measure the impacts of NFP on vulnerable families across our communities. Nurses integrate the science of knowing how to improve health and well-being for first-time families along with the art of caring for vulnerable families across a 2 year period. Utilizing a therapeutic relationship that invests a wide array of resources to improve the lives of needy individual families and their first child defines the goal of each implementing agency.

Fragile families in our community are now seeking healthier lifestyles, finding more stable living conditions, finishing school, seeking careers and most importantly committing to becoming competent and caring parents. One at a time, young mothers are praised for making healthy choices to support a healthier pregnancy outcome. New parents are given "how to" guidance in caring for newborns. Others are assisted thru the maze of community services to assure they maximize available resources, thus providing a two-year safety net is in place for them and their babies. Relationships among broken families are strengthened and fathers are encouraged to be invested in caring for their child as well.

The sense of “hopelessness” observed first hand by each nurse home visitor transforms into “hopefulness” for a better future among each family served by NFP. The NFP program is one society can count on for making a difference in the lives of vulnerable families across communities of high need. Nurses are committed to building stronger families which translate into strong communities that are better able to overcome barriers. The urgency of family-well being is critical to the fabric of our society.

In observing maternal deprivation, hurt, loss and suffering among young, ill-prepared first-time parents, we are challenged in our community to advocate for on-going Public and local supports for vulnerable families. Nurse home visitors are the back bone for improving family well-being thru transformational change. We have each one become an advocate in the community for vulnerable families. In the process, intensive efforts are made to improve the health, development, relationship and self-efficacy capacity of each family served.

Each client success is a silent one, until such time we resonate ways to acknowledge that there is a true measure for cause-and- effect among effective and promising programs like the Nurse-Family Partnership. Each family has a deserving capacity to be touched by the Art and Science of Nurse- Family Partnership. Funders can be assured and count on the NFP program to continue to transform vulnerable families into resilient ones… one family at a time.

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I have grown as a professional nurse to better appreciate the Art & Science of Nursing in the Community while serving a vulnerable population.

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I would advocate further for Public policy, that assures this safety net is in place for many more vulnerable families in high need communities.

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Professional with expertise in this field & I have advocated within the community for improved services for vulnerable first-time families. Our local implemtneing agency developed a clinical protocol to improve breastfeeding outcomes among our vulnerable mothers.

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