September 10, 2012
Family nursing is still seen as a fairly new specialty area in nursing. There has been discussion to define what family nursing is and what role family and nursing play in this matter. The consensus is that all definitions have as core concepts the notion of providing nursing care to families and family members (Braun & Foster, 2011). Nurses have realized what an important role that families can play in promoting positive health outcomes by getting them involved in patient care. With that said families are seen in the context as how the nurse sees them and works with them. There are several definitions and ...view middle of the document...
The last concept is family as a component of society. The family is seen as one subsystem within a larger one such as a community or society similar to an educational or religious institution (Friedman, Bowden, & Jones, 2003).
Family can also be seen and described in other non-traditional manners. The term family takes on new meaning and is no longer considered the traditional mother and father roles. The new family unit may consist of single parents, divorced, gay, two female or two male parents but regardless of the mixture it is still a family unit that nursing has to learn to work with. The organizational changes put demands on professionals, such as nurses, but also demand an active participation by the family. Thus, nurses have to find new perspectives for their role and to create new ways for collaborating with their patients/families (Braun & Foster, 2011). The nurse’s challenge will be to learn what is necessary and meet the needs of this non-traditional family. The educational needs and resources are focused in a different direction but the family still has the same needs of a traditional family.
Family in and Around Home
Family in this area is considered family as context where the patient is the main focus. If the nurse sees that the patient’s family is needed as a resource then they are contacted. Sometimes if the family is seen as a road block then the nurse may opt to leave them out of the picture. There is evidence of families playing a role in the recovery of the patient (Sjoblom, Pejlert, & Asplund, 2004). In mental health most of the patients need someone to help them and often there are many patients out there who do not have a guardian or health care power of attorney. The patients are left to make their own decisions and when they are suffering from an acute exacerbation of their illness, this can make it difficult for them to safely make decisions. It is important that they have a guardian, family or friends to help them. ...