Nationwide Children’s Hospital recognizes that parents are the constants in their children’s lives and are the experts regarding their own families. Families whose children have been cared for by our hospital are uniquely prepared to be our staff’s teachers about family-centered care.
Family as Faculty (FAF) is composed of dedicated parents who are familiar with Nationwide Children’s, most of whom have children with special needs. Through their personal narratives and presentations, FAF members strive to help physicians and staff gain a deeper understanding of patient and family centered care along with the unique family experience, both inside and outside the hospital.
A FAF presenter shares his or her story at each New Employee Orientation and at many standing educational sessions for medical, nursing and allied health professionals. These FAF members also present to departments and other groups when requested.
FAF is currently recruiting new members! Interested families are encouraged to fill out the form below for additional information.
A FAF Panel Conversationoffers the unique opportunity for clinicians and staff to hear directly from a group of families about the experience of care, what is important and helpful to them, what are the parent’s concerns, and what can be improved. The format is informal and is an ideal vehicle for focused dialogue between clinicians and families regarding topics of mutual concern.
Here are just a few of the takeaways from past attendees:
“Hearing from a parent’s perspective gave valuable insight into not only the medical, but personal aspect of the speaker’s child’s condition.”
“This was a great reminder to consider factors other than medical problems that affect a family – consider how the illness will affect the patient/family after they leave the hospital.”
“… helped me learn about communication with families and important pointers for how to say certain things or approach difficult conversations.”
“… reminded me to view my patients as more than their disease or medical condition and to always keep in mind the patient is a son/daughter and part of a family.”
Family as Faculty is a nationally recognized program that is fully supported by Nationwide Children’s. Parents of patients are provided training and assistance to develop a presentation and have the opportunity to work with and support each other through this process.
Requesting a presenter has never been easier.
Staff can simply visit the Family as Faculty ANCHOR page and select the “Request for FAF Presenter” option from the left-side panel. Complete the online form and you will be contacted by someone in the Human Resources department.
Other groups can simply email FAFRequests@nationwidechildrens.org to get more information.