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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 Support

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    Lynn Kuechle

    (Cohen, 1992; Hupcey, 1998; Kahn, 1979)

    Develop a trusting and connection relationship between nurse and family (Eggenberger & Regan, 2010)

    ·        Use nursing presence actions

    ·        Identify family’s greatest concern or challenge and act based upon data

    ·        Ask family to identify how nurses could be the most helpful at this time

    ·        Explore extended family networks

    ·        Dialogue about what family perceives as supports

    ·        Consistently share information with family in timely ways

    ·        Prepare family members for upcoming events

    ·        Teach family about what can be expected

    ·        Develop therapeutic relationship where family perceives nurses as support

    ·        Implement interventions that directly focus on uncertainty in illness events.

    ·        Explore with the family any mixed messages related to the illness or the treatment regime

    ·        Discuss seriousness and prognosis of an illness with all family members and family unit.

    ·        Address the symptoms of an illness with family members and family unit; discuss patterns and trajectory changes in illness; examine expected and actual events.

    ·        Reassure family of presence of nurse.

    ·        Provide factual information

    ·        Help family members structure and attach meaning to events

    ·        Be specific in describing contextual cues such as what patients and families will see, hear and feel during procedures, as well as signs, symptoms, and trajectories.

    ·        Help families anticipate changes and predict and manage changes with education and support.

    ·        Explore past experiences with health care systems and structure providers that may influence their uncertainty now.

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