Family Values

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Family Values Mary Boman NUR/542 September 10, 2012 Koh Family Values Family nursing is still seen as a fairly new specialty area in nursing. There has been discussion to define what family nursing is and what role family and nursing play in this matter. The consensus is that all definitions have as core concepts the notion of providing nursing care to families and family members (Braun & Foster, 2011). Nurses have realized what an important role that families can play in promoting positive health outcomes by getting them involved in patient care. With that said families are seen in the context as how the nurse sees them and works with them. There are several definitions and concepts of family and they are believed to…show more content…
The interviews reveal that this new view has not been completely integrated in practice (Sjoblom, Pejlert, & Asplund, 2004). The family as context is the best method for the patient since they should be the focus of the problem. Theory Florence Nightingale discussed in her notes on nursing several issues that involved the family. She knows of their importance in getting the family involved in caring for the sick. She mentioned in her notes, tips on caring for the ill and it also involved the family. Her theory may have been basic and discussed environmental issues which could be considered a weakness but it also discussed some strengths which were the importance of family involvement and its relevance to healing themselves. The families of people with a severe mental illness often carry a heavy burden. Research has shown that they feel that they are to blame for the disease; they experience sadness, worry, shame and guilt. The lack of participation reinforces the feeling of being excluded. (Sjoblom, Pejlert, & Asplund, 2004). Nursing can only continue to assess the need for family involvement and encourage the families to stay committed with the patients which will help promote healing and increase their support systems. References Benzein, E., & Hagberg, M. (2008). Being appropriately unusual :a challenge for nurses in health promoting conversations with families. Nursing Inquiry, 15(2), 106-115.

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