Professor Emeritus of Nursing, University of Calgary
Lorraine M. Wright has been an outstanding local, provincial and international leader in the field of family nursing as a scholar, clinician and founder of the Family Nursing Unit outpatient clinic, University of Calgary (1982-2007). Her emphasis has always been on improving the care of families suffering with serious illness. Her work led her to develop (and co-develop with colleagues) the four clinical practice models. The Calgary Family Assessment and Intervention Models are one of the leading family assessment models in the world recognized by the International Council of Nurses.
“Illness is a family affair and consequently, we needed practice models to guide our involvement of families in nursing practice,” says Lorraine.
Lorraine’s co-authored textbook, Nurses and Families: A Guide to Family Assessment and Intervention, has been adopted into nursing curricula in 26 countries, translated into eight languages and is in its seventh edition. It is her most well-known textbook and has held the honour of being among the three most utilized family nursing textbooks across North America for over 35 years. Its content has significantly influenced family nursing education and the delivery of health services locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.
Taking her vision and belief on the importance of sharing knowledge around the world, she established and hosted the first International Family Nursing Conference in Calgary in 1988. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate students in the faculty of nursing for almost 30 years, she also provided Family Nursing Externships where colleagues from around the world came to the University of Calgary to learn about the practice models and how to best involve families in their nursing practice. She continues to be invited to offer lectures, workshops and Family Nursing Externships in various countries in the world. Her impact on family nursing education, practice and research across Canada and beyond is undeniable.
“I have learned from the privilege of consulting with suffering families over 45 years that the most important nursing intervention that we can offer when listening to their illness stories is curious compassion... that is love without judgment. It is such a privilege to be part of a profession that promotes health and healing of individuals and families worldwide.”