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The Nurse–Family Partnership

Dawley, Katy PhD, RN, FACNM; Loch, Joan MS, RN; Bindrich, Irene MSN, CNS, RN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: November 2007 - Volume 107 - Issue 11 - p 60–67
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000298065.12102.41

The Nurse–Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based program that aims to improve the lives of at-risk, first-time mothers and their infants. The program pairs these women with specially trained nurses, who conduct home visits for roughly two and a half years, beginning before the birth of the infant. The NFP has been implemented in 23 states; studies of the program's interventions have shown reductions in rates of abuse, neglect, and injury in children, as well as in the numbers of pregnancies in mothers. The authors describe the NFP's history, results, and costs, and the support systems that sustain nurses in this challenging but rewarding work.

The Nurse-Family Partnership aims to improve the lives of at-risk, first-time mothers and their infants by pairing mothers with nurse home visitors for roughly two and a half years.

Katy Dawley is an associate professor and director of the university's midwifery education programs at Philadelphia University in Philadelphia. Joan Loch is the Pennsylvania nursing consultant for the Nurse–Family Partnership (NFP). Irene Bindrich is a nurse educator at the NFP's National Service Office in Denver.

Contact author: Katy Dawley, The authors of this article have no other significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

Portions of this article were reviewed and revised before publication by several people, including David L. Olds, creator of the NFP model, and others at the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health and at the NFP National Service Office, both in Denver.

An evidence-based home visitation program for at-risk, first-time mothers and their children has grown to include more than 800 nurses serving 13,000 families in 23 states.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.