Family Assesment

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Family Health Assessment
Marjory Gordon is a nursing theorist and professor. From 1973 to 1988, she served as the first president of the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association. Gordon is also a part of the American Academy of Nursing, and played a huge role in the nursing profession. Throughout her life, she wrote four books that contributed to the nursing community. She is the one that created the nursing assessment theory called “Gordon’s functional health patterns”. There are eleven parts to Gordon’s theory. The parts are values and health perception, nutrition, sleep/rest, elimination, activity/exercise, cognitive, sensory-perception, self-perception, role relationship, sexuality, and coping. Her theory is still used by nurses today so they can have a better understanding of their patients. With a better understanding of their patients, nurses can help the patient get healthier in a shorter amount of time. Not only is Gordon’s functional health patterns used in nursing, but it is also used in family and home life. I sat down and talked to my own family about Gordon’s theory, and we discussed all eleven parts together.

The first part discussed was values and health perception. Health perception and values is a method where nurses ask questions to get an overview of the patient’s health and wellness. This part gives a glimpse of the family background and what kind of things the family values and believes in. Questions on religious, cultural, ethnic, or regional groups my family is involved with were asked. My family is part of a Catholic church. We are also a part of a South Indian organization. These are two things that have a great value in our family. Along with these values, there are specific principals and beliefs that we follow. We pray to God everyday so that He will keep us healthy and well. Nutrition was the next part discussed. Nutrition is the way we eat, the choices we make in eating, and the limitations we make with food. The different types of food eaten and the amount of food eaten are always important keys in nutrition. Our family is a vegetarian family. We try to avoid meat and eat vegetables instead. The occasional junk food is consumed, but the amount eaten is always limited. When choosing a snack, the healthier choice is usually chosen. There are diseases in the family that affect our nutrition. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes affect the choices we make in nutrition. To stay healthy, we have to watch what we eat, limit ourselves, and take the right sized portion. The part about sleep and rest in Gordon’s theory is when nurses evaluate the patient’s sleep patterns and rest patterns. Our family averages eight hours of sleep. Everyone sleeps around 10 pm and wakes up around 6 am. Most members of the family also take an hour nap after work or school. None of the members appear to be physically tired because everyone gets a good amount of sleep. Some of us look tired only when the normal sleep cycle is not followed or disturbed. Elimination helps nurses figure out the regularity, quality, and quantity of the bowel, urinary system, and skin. There are not any types of problems or irregularities within any family member’s digestive system, urinary system, or skin. Activity and exercise was the next part discussed. This pattern focuses on activity level, exercise program, and leisure activities. Our family exercises every day. Everyone takes wither a walk, jog, or activities after dinner or lunch. Us parents jog and walk around the neighborhood every day. The children go to recess, attend physical education, and participate in sports. The Cognitive pattern allows nurses to see if the patient can make correct choices, get information, figure out problems, and follow directions properly. Every member of my family is educated and has been in some form of school. The adults have and are currently attending college. The kids are in middle school, high school, and college as well....
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