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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 Connecting

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    Lynn Kuechle

    (Walsh, 1993; Olson, 1993) Developed by Eggenberger (2007); Revised by Eggenberger, Meiers, Krumwiede, Bliesmer, & Earle (2009); Revised by Eggenberger, Krumwiede, Christian, & Van Gelderen (2012); Revised by Eggenberger, Meiers, & Krumwiede (2014)

    Family connecting is an element of family dynamics that relates to the commitment of family members as a relational unit with dimensions of bonds and togetherness that refer to emotional and physical closeness (Walsh, 1993; Olson, 1993).

    ·        Acknowledge the importance of family connections

    ·        Explore stresses on the family bonds with illness experiences

    ·        Develop nurse-family relationship with nursing presence (acknowledge family, empathy, eye contact, introduction, commendations) (Wright  & Leahey, 2013)

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