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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 Crisis

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    Lynn Kuechle

    (Boss, 2002; Tomlinson, Peden-McAlpine, & Sherman, 2012)

    Disturbance in the family equilibrium that is overwhelming and severe. The change may also be acute so family system has difficulty functioning or family is immobilized (Boss, 2002). An extreme response in a situation in which individual family member of family coping resources are overwhelmed (Boss 2002; Caplan, 1964).  Implement nursing actions that balance threats and resources to prevent crisis.

    ·        Explore perceptions and meanings of events and then provide support; such as information, emotional, guidance and advocacy

    ·        Identify who helps the most with the family’s greatest challenges

    ·        Nurse presence to balance perception of threats and resources

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