What Is Family Health Nursing?

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Author: Roslyn
Published: 28 Nov 2021

Family Nurses

Family nursing is more focused on the care of the family unit than it is on the patient. It takes a team approach to health care. A family nurse is often a doctor's assistant.

The Nursing Care Plan

The nursing care plan is prepared with the family. The nurse involves the family in determining health needs and problems, in establishing priorities, in selecting appropriate courses of action, and in evaluating outcomes.

Specific Health Assessments

An assessment of a specific problem is called a specific health assessment. A specific assessment is problem oriented and not general health.

A Master in Child and Family Health Nursing

Assessing and facilitating child and family health and wellbeing within a culturally diverse Australian society requires an appreciation of the bio-psychosocial, cultural and emotional needs of the family, and the promotion of a nurturing and supportive environment in which children can thrive. A graduate certificate in child and family health nursing will give you the knowledge and skills needed to ensure better outcomes for your patients and will lead to opportunities in clinical education, management and specialist nursing roles.

Family-centered Care: Understanding the FCC Paradigm

FCC is at a crossroads. FCC is not understood, how to implement FCC is not understood, and how to determine the family-centeredness of care is not understood. FCC can't deliver on its promises if health care providers don't understand support it.

FCC is an attitude change in the way clinical care is delivered, as families-as-partners fundamentally challenge the care paradigm of unilateral responsibility for decision-making. Medically appropriate decisions that fit the needs, strengths, values, and abilities of all involved are made together by involved parties, including families at the level they choose. FCC should be incorporated into all clinical care delivery and practice guidelines.

FCC care practices should be followed where evidence exists. Families and providers should lead and champion redesign care delivery that considers the needs of families in ambulatory settings where there is no evidence. Families are partners in policy-making and facility redesign, and examples include shared decision making, trained language interpreter services, open scheduling, and more.

Family presence at bedside rounds and procedures should be implemented and evaluated as part of quality improvement projects. Practices should be linked with outcomes. FCC measurement and evaluation tools should be developed.

The tools should have high standards that are linked to positive health outcomes. Appropriate process measures may include family input, provider name recognition, and reduction of unmet needs. Expectations for long-term health care savings, contributions to society, improvements in health and quality of life, and patient satisfaction should be examined in research.

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