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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 Illness Experience

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    Lynn Kuechle

    The family response and experience occurring with health and illness.

    (Eggenberger & Nelms, 2007; Davidson, 2009; Hyman & Corbin, 2001; Corbin & Srauss, 1988; Meiers & Tomlinson, 2003)

    ·        Assess the change occurring within the family that may influence the health and illness experience

    ·        Assist family members to communicate regarding their individual experiences with the illness

    ·        Explore the family unit health and illness experience

    ·        Examine meanings of being a family during this illness experience for each family (Eggenberger & Nelms, 2007)

    ·        Acknowledge family illness experience (Eggenberger & Regan, 2010)

    ·        Help families construct meanings from life and illness experience

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