Family Health Care Nursing: Theory, Practice, and Research, by Joanna Rowe Kaakinen RN PhD PNP, Vivian Gedaly-Duff RN

By Joanna Rowe Kaakinen RN PhD PNP, Vivian Gedaly-Duff RN DNSC, Shirley May Harmon Hanson RN PhD PMHNP/ARNP FAAN CFLE LMFT

Significantly up to date and completely revised, the 4th variation methods family members nursing how it is practiced today—with an evidence-based, medical concentration equipped on an organization beginning of conception and learn. From overall healthiness advertising to finish of lifestyles, a brand new organizational constitution parallels the trajectory of sickness, incorporating taking care of the relatives alongside this continuum of care in quite a few specialties.

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Internal family variables include unique individual characteristics, communication, and interactions, whereas external family variables include location of family household, social policy, and economic trends. Family members generally have complicated responses to all of these factors. Although some external factors may not be easily modifiable, nurses can assist family members to manage change, conflict, and care needs. For instance, a sudden downturn in the economy could result in the family breadwinner becoming unemployed.

Individual health and collective health are intertwined and will be influenced by any nursing care given. Family nursing requires the nurse to manipulate the environment to increase the likelihood of family interaction. The absence of family members does not preclude the nurse from offering family care, however. The family nurse recognizes that the person in a family who is most symptomatic may change over time; this means that the focus of the nurse’s attention will also change over time. Family nursing focuses on the strengths of individual family members and the family group to promote their mutual support and growth.

The earliest human matings tended toward permanence and monogamy. Man and woman dyads are the oldest and most tenacious unit in history, which is perhaps why the “nuclear” family dominates modern experience. Biologically, human children need care and protection longer than other animals’ offspring. This necessity led humans to marriage and permanent relationships—it did not dictate family structure, but it was essential for the activity of parenting. Economic pairing was not always the same as reproductive pairing, but it was a by-product of reproductive pairing.

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