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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 Caregiving

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    Lynn Kuechle

    (Hunt, 2003; Kitrungrote, & Cohen, 2006; Mosher, Bakas, & Champion, 2013; Popejoy, 2011; Williams, Williams, &  Williams, 2014)

    Concern for other family members generated by relationships that result in actions aimed to support family member development, health, and illness needs (Denham, 2003). Informal and formal networks engage in caregiving that requires care such as functional (e.g. tasks and daily living) and affective (e.g emotional) assistance. A variety of factors influence caregiving experiences in a family (Popejoy, 2011) Commend family strengths and praise efforts to meet needs

    ·        Identify members current roles in providing care for individual family members with an illness and family unit

    ·        Identify ways family can access needed family and community resources

    ·        Assist family in negotiating responsibilities

    ·        Identify priority concerns in family caregiving

    ·        Explore the self-defined membership of family and assist to identify extended family network

    ·        Assess, recognize and acknowledge caregiver role strain

    ·        Strengthen facilitating beliefs that positive impact family health promoting behaviors (Wright & Bell, 2009)

    ·        Challenge constraining beliefs that negatively impact family health promoting behaviors (Wright & Bell, 2009)

    ·        Support empowerment of family to develop and attain their goals

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