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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 Engagement with the Illness

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    Lynn Kuechle

    (Eggenberger, Meiers, Krumwiede, Bliesmer, Earle, 2001).

    Family engagement with illness refers to the family’s view of the illness in the context of their family life and family functioning.  Engagement with a chronic illness includes the family’s approach to connecting, pondering and struggling as a family experiencing and managing an illness (Eggenberger, Meiers, Krumwiede, Bliesmer, Earle, 2001).

    ·        Invite family presence and engage in use of nurse presence

    ·        Develop individual-nurse-family relationship/connection/partnership

    ·        Assess family struggling and ways to support the family

    ·        Acknowledge the work of family during illness experience

    ·        Explore the thinking and concerns of family

    ·        Discuss with family their connections with each other and the illness

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