Family health nursing, which is synonymous with family-centered care, is one approach to providing nursing care. Along with describing family health nursing, the importance of family, the changes that family has undergone, and what constitutes family in todays society will be discussed. A personal definition of family health nursing will also be provided.
Description of Family Health NursingWhat is family health nursing? Actions the nurse performs on behalf of the family while attending to the familys unique situation (Meiers, 2002). Family health is a dynamic state created by aspects of the family systems experience which are or may be influenced by the health status of a family member; it incorporates both wellness and illness in interaction with the environment (Meiers, 2002). Family health nursing is also referred to as family-centered care and can be defined as a way of caring for families within health services which ensures that care is planned around the whole family, not just the individual person, and in which all the family members are recognized as care recipients (Shields, 2007).
Patient- and family-centered care is an innovative approach to the planning, delivery and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care patients, families, and providers. Patient- and family-centered care applies to patients of all ages, and it may be practiced in any health care setting.
The core concepts of family centered care are:Dignity and Respect. Health care practitioners listen to and honor patient and family perspectives and choices. Patient and family knowledge, values, beliefs and cultural backgrounds are incorporated into the planning and delivery of care.
Information Sharing. Health care practitioners communicate and share complete and unbiased information with patients and families in ways that are affirming and useful. Patients and families receive timely, complete, and accurate information in order...