Family Health Nursing

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The Growing Specialty of Family Nursing
Stephanie Hursey
University of Phoenix
Concepts of Family Nursing Theory
NUR 464
Mrs. Janice Hess
Jan 20, 2007

The Growing Specialty of Family Nursing
The family's health has become an important focus on health care today. Nursing research has transitioned from client centered care to viewing the client within the context of the family. Changing family dynamics and functions have made an impact on its health. Researchers have written materials that give explanation to the reasons for the evolving family and its impact on society. This paper provides insight on what constitutes a family, why family is important to nurses, how the family has changed and the writer's view of family health nursing.

Family is a group of people who are related or connected through a common bound. They rely on each other for support, identity, stabilization. Through the interaction of family the members derive their meaning of life and the society around them. Through family the members gain an understanding of their place in society, develop social etiquette, self-worth and values. What constitutes a family is an ever evolving question. The family is comprised of a variety of interdependent relationships and individuals today. Many sociologists have formed a definition of family. What is interesting to note is that individuals have their own definition of family and who they consider family. It is best for the nurse in caring for a family to ask the patient who he or she considers to be family. Per Friedman, Bowden and Jones (2003) the only "sure" way of determining who the individual client's family is, is to ask him or her.

The family is an important focus for nurses because the family helps to influence and care for their loved ones who are our patients. Through the family patients derive their meaning of sickness and wellness. The family is the basic...
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