Family health assessment

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Family Health Assessment
Grand Canyon University: NRS-429
November 24, 2013
Family Health Assessment
As nurses it is essential to use appropriate tools to assess individuals, families, and communities. Throughout this paper the writer used The Gordon’s 11 Functional Health Patterns as a guide to assess a family. This family included a mother, a father, one son, four daughters, and two grandsons. The writer developed two to three open minded, family focused questions for each of the 11 functional health patterns. In this paper the writer summarizes the findings of each functional health patterns of the family, and identifies three wellness nursing diagnoses based on the family assessment.
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It is important to for the family to have a well balanced diet. According to the My Plate food guide half of a meal plate should be fruits and vegetables with the vegetable portion slightly larger, and the other half grains and protein with the grain potion slightly bigger than the protein portion, there also needs to be a side of dairy (Kids Health, 2013).
The next wellness nursing diagnosis appropriate for this family would be readiness for enhanced activity–exercise pattern. According to the family assessment, this family does not exercise daily. It is recommended that children and adolescents should do 1 hour or more of physical activity daily (Kids Health, 2013). It is highly important for this family to work on increasing their activity to prevent complications in the future, such as heart disease, and obesity. For the two daughters that have asthma, they should increase their exercise slowly, and should use their prescribed inhalers before activity. It is essential that this particular family work on their nutrition and exercise patterns to become a healthy family. This family needs to work on their nutrition and exercise as well as their coping mechanisms.
Lastly, another nursing diagnosis for this family would be readiness for enhanced family coping due to their father’s current illness. This family’s life change

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