Introduction Defining Family Assessment Family assessment is an important concept to understand in nursing practice. Not only does it provide the nurse with information of the family itself, but it also provides insight on each individual within the family. According to Kaakinen (2015), family assessment is defined as a nursing intervention which, under the scope of nursing practice, fulfills the health care needs of patients and their families. In addition, this nursing family assessment can be utilized by categorizing the assessment into the family as a context, as a whole, as a system, and as a component of society. In family assessment, it is vital to consider each of these aspects, as each contributes to understanding the patient on
The main motive of this paper is to demonstrate how the nurse completes a health assessment of this family by using Gordon’s 11 identified functional health patterns approach in a holistic view of the family (GCU NRS-429V Lecture Note, 2011). Through open end questions, the nurse predicts potential problems in health perception, nutrition, sleep/rest, elimination, activity/exercise, cognitive, sensory-perception, self-perception, role relationship, sexuality, coping, and evaluates the behavioral pattern within the family. Nursing diagnoses are formulated which will assist the nurse to design a care plan according to the family’s needs. When questioned about values and health perception, the husband states that health is being free of illness. In addition, the husband expressed that being able to perform daily activities including employment is good health.
Nola Pender, a nursing theorist and educator, has developed the Health Promotion Model (HPM). The three main parts of the HPM ar... ... middle of paper ... ...d=2320&accno=2009977443 Piper, S. (2008). Promoting health. Emergency Nurse, 16(8), 12-14. Potter, P. A., & Perry, A. G. (2005).
Family Health Assessment and Plan of Care Family health is receiving substantial attention in the contemporary decades, following a growing number of unpredicted health issues. Family health assessments have become common techniques within the health care systems across the world to promote good health. Nursing Family assessment and intervention models have been developed in to assists nurses and families to identify the family issues and develop the best. Friedman Family Health Assessment A Friedman assessment was conducted in the Smith family. Following the model guideline, the data was identified and developmental stages, family history, environmental data, family structure, family functions, family stress, and adaptation were evaluated.
Public Health Leadership Society (2002). Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Health. Retrieved on March 2, 2011 from http://www.apha.org/NR/rdonlyres/1CED3CEA-287E-4185-9CBD-BD405FC60856/0/ethicsbrochure.pdf Schneider, M. (2011). Introduction to Public Health (3rd Ed). Ontario: Jones and Bartlett Publishers Usohs.gov (2010).
CONCEPT 6: FAMILY HEALTH NURSING This concept is taken from module 6 of block 2 entitled “introduction to Public Health Nursing. 6.1: Significance of the Concept Family is the unit of all services in all community health nursing programmes. The health of our members affect the welfare of other members in the community. This family health nurse optimize the health and well-being of children, women, and families in a changing multicultural society through nursing programs of teaching, research and practice as well as through community service (article online 2015). Because family health nursing is family focused, it provides opportunity for good working relationship with the family working with families keeps families live alongside illness
They function as support systems for one another, assist with providing basic human needs and define both acceptable and unacceptable values and behavior” (Lecture 4, 2011). The collection of data on assessment of this family will be used through the nursing process and critical thinking to arrive at the best diagnoses and intervention to promote health and wellness in this family. In order to obtain the necessary data required, the nurse needs to follow a proper health assessment guide. “Gordon’s 11 functional health pattern serves as a framework, data is collected and assessed, allowing for the application of nursing diagnosis and interventions that encompass a holistic view of the client” (Lecture 4, 2011). The Gordon’s Functional Health Pattern seemed to be the most effective assessment guide and as such was used to assess this family.
Over the past two decades nurses have become more aware of the need to include families in nursing care. Family nursing practice is holistic with a goal of creating partnerships between families and nurses so mutual trust, communication and cooperation develops enabling the health care needs of the family to be met (Kaakinen, 2014). A family is viewed as a system where each member is expected to respond according to their role, and changes in the dynamics of the system causes a change in the equilibrium. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the application of family health nursing theory to practice through a case study. The Perez family’s culture and environmental factors as they impact the family’s health will be discussed.