Family Health Assessment
Grand Canyon University: NRS-429
November 24, 2013
Family Health Assessment
As nurses it is essential to use appropriate tools to assess individuals, families, and communities. Throughout this paper the writer used The Gordon’s 11 Functional Health Patterns as a guide to assess a family. This family included a mother, a father, one son, four daughters, and two grandsons. The writer developed two to three open minded, family focused questions for each of the 11 functional health patterns. In this paper the writer summarizes the findings of each functional health patterns of the family, and identifies three wellness nursing diagnoses based on the ...view middle of the document...
All family members are good at remembering things.
The family has good patterns of sleep and rest. The family members usually get 6 to 9 hours of sleep at night, but the father of the family uses sleep aids. Most of the family members get good quality of sleep. Most of the family members have good patterns of self perception and self concept. Most of the family members do not want to change anything about them, and they state they feel good about themselves. The family describes themselves with good and positive words. The family has great role-relationship patterns. These family members are aware of their roles and perform well with these roles. Most of the family members are satisfied with their family, work, and social relationships. The son and one daughter would like to make more money then what they are making at their current jobs, but they are happy with the type of work they are doing. The mother and father have five children, one son, four daughters, and son two grandsons. None of the family members have difficulties with sexual functioning or conceiving. The family members do have a hard time with patterns of coping and stress tolerance. In November of 2011 the father of the family was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer, and this impacted each family member individually. Some of the family members coped with ineffective coping mechanisms such as drinking alcohol. Drinking did not help these siblings cope, these family members are currently seeking help to cope with this life changing event. The family has a strong pattern of values and beliefs. The family members are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints (LDS). Religion is highly important to this family and is incorporated in their everyday life. When this family gets an illness they will request a blessing to help them with their illness. Also this family prays morning and night, as well as before every meal.
For this particular family the writer would identify readiness for enhanced nutritional metabolic patterns as an appropriate nursing diagnosis. This nursing diagnosis was picked because this family does not have a well balanced meal of fruits, vegetables, and grains, and this family does not take any vitamins or supplement daily. It is important to for the family to have a well balanced diet. According to the My Plate food guide half of a meal plate should be fruits and vegetables with the vegetable portion slightly larger, and the other half grains and protein with the grain potion slightly bigger than the protein portion, there also needs to be a side of dairy (Kids Health, 2013).
The next wellness nursing diagnosis appropriate for this family would be readiness for enhanced activity–exercise pattern. According to the family assessment, this family does not exercise daily. It is recommended that children and adolescents should do 1 hour or more of physical activity daily (Kids Health, 2013). It is highly important for this family to work on...