Background: Illness is a family affair and lately there has been an increased public and political demand for more inclusion of patients together with their families in the health care trajectory. Therefore family system nursing according to the Calgary family assessment and intervention models was introduced in an undergraduate curriculum at a nursing school in Denmark. Aim: To describe the implementation process and discuss and provide ideas on how to change focus from patient-centered care towards family system nursing throughout the nursing curriculum. Method: This discussion paper provides theoretical aspects of family system nursing, explaining implementation aspects and circumstances with reflections on the process and results. Results: Family system nursing is now a continuous feature of the curriculum and a part of the education institution’s profile. Conclusion: Family system nursing has been successfully implemented through a systematic change process. Lectures and students have increased their focus on “thinking family”.

Keywords: Implementation, family system nursing, undergraduate nursing curriculum