December 12, 2010
University of Phoenix
A nursing assessment of a family is the basis of nursing interventions. Stanhope and Lancaster (2008) state, “By using a systematic process, family problem areas are identified and family strengths are emphasized as the building blocks for interventions and to facilitate family resiliency (p. 567). The following paragraphs will describe a family that has become more typical in this day and age. The family consists of a mother, a father, a five year old daughter, and a three year old son. The family that was chosen was interviewed as a family, but also individually.
This family consists of BAD, MLD, their daughter CED, and son LRD. The family lives in a four bedroom brick house with their large sized dog, with two entrances, four steps to enter the front of their home, and a back door that you have to go thru a fence to get to. Their home is in a quiet neighbor hood with an elementary school a quarter of a mile down the road they live off of. Their daughter, CED, goes to this elementary school and is in the first grade. The family’s neighbors are all young couples who the neighbors across the street have two children ages 8 and 10. Their mortgage is $1,100/month. They have city water and sewage. The heat is gas heat and they have a central air conditioning. Their house is kept clean and well maintained since BAD is unemployed at this time. Their young son LRD, who is three also stays home with BAD during the day because the family cannot afford daycare at this time. When you walk in the front entrance it is a split level home. You can either go up four steps to the main level or go down four steps to the lower level. On the first level when you go up the stairs to the right is a living room which is hardwood floors and consists of a couch, love seat, and an oversized chair. There is no... [continues]
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