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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

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

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

    • 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

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