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  • What is a Family Nursing Construct?

    A family nursing construct is an abstraction or mental representation inferred from family health or family care focused situations or behaviors. (Polit and Beck, 2008; Abate, 2002)

  • Family Beliefs

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    Lynn Kuechle

    (Wright & Bell, 2009; Marshall, Bell,  & Moules, 2010)


    ·        Help families discuss constraining and facilitating beliefs regarding health and illness experiences

    ·        Explore differences in individual and family beliefs regarding treatment regimens and end of life decision making that may emerge with illness

    ·        Identify key family processes and celebrations that should be recognized and honored (Denham, 2003)

    ·        Use nurse presence to develop connecting nurse-family relationship

    ·        Provide open, honest, clear, direct, information that faculty seeks

    ·        Provide assurance to family (e.g. care, ill family member condition, family care)

    ·        Use introductions and manners and communication skills to develop therapeutic relationships (Wright & Leahey, 2013)

    ·        Initiate family interaction with nurse and health care team

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