Post a thoughtful response to at least two (2) other colleagues’ initial postings. Responses to colleagues should be supportive and helpful (examples of an acceptable comment are: “This is interesting – in my practice, we treated or resolved (diagnosis or issue) with (x, y, z meds, theory, management principle) and according to the literature…” and add supportive reference. Avoid comments such as “I agree” or “good comment.”
- Describe nursing intervention strategies that promote family health
- Response posts: Minimum of one (1) total reference: one (1) from peer-reviewed or course materials reference per response.
- Response posts: Minimum 100 words excluding references
This discussion will take a look at a nursing intervention strategy that can be used for health promotion among a family and identify a family who benefited from such a strategy and the strategy was implemented.
The major points in the family self-care contract include the family identifying the area of improvement, setting realistic, time-bound measurable goals, assigning role responsibilities, modifying the goal as deemed necessary and evaluating the outcome of the interventions performed.
An example I will use is of a patient who was young and came in for a certain issue who I was admitting Upon initial assessment questions and family history, I found that they had a family history of hypertension. Obesity was also in the family. I realized how involved and invested the parents were in their child’s health and decided to invest time in health education with lifestyle changes they could implement to lower their risk of this in their family. After having a series of educational sessions with the family, I was able to get the family to commit to getting their son involved in school sports. Being that the family was so emotionally involved with each other and supportive, the newly developed activity pattern and diet changes from sports involvement by the kids encouraged parents to make lifestyle changes as well. A follow appointment showed weight loss and continued activity in the family since the previous appointment. According to Kaakinen, Coehlo, Steele and Robinson (2015), involvement of fathers in the family health care contract has shown to be more effective. According to Lardinois, Gosselin, McCarty, Ollendickk and Covington (2017), integrated family centered care yields positive outcomes and influences children. This is an example of how collaboration and family involvement in planning and intervention produced positive results.
Kaakinen, J. R., Coehlo, D. P., Steele, R., & Robinson, M. (2015). Family health care nursing: Theory, practice, and research (5th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company.
Lardinois, K. L., Gosselin, D., McCarty, D., Ollendick, K., & Covington, K. (2017). A Collaborative Model of Integrated Clinical Education in Physical Therapist Education: Application to the Pediatric Essential Core Competency of Family-Centered Care. Journal Of Physical Therapy Education (American Physical Therapy Association, Education Section), 31(2), 131-136.
The nursing intervention I decided to educate another family on is Self-Care Contract: Involvement of all family members. I used to babysit for this family and still keep in good contact with them. The mom of the family is always complaining that her three kids never get a break from there activities and they never do things as a family. Each of her kids is in at least three different after school activities one of which is a sport that takes up most the kid’s free time. I think they would benefit from a movie night with the family. The family could do a movie night every other Sunday for three months to see if it will bring them closer to each other. The commitment of the family members is directly related to the success of family time (Kaakinen, Coehlo, Steele, Tabacco, Hanson, 2015). Each movie night a family member will get to pick a movie of their choice to watch. They can make popcorn and hang out as a family to watch a movie without the distraction of sports, homework, and social media. Healthy family environments and family connectedness protect against poor mental health and over all well-being (Harrison et al., 2015).
Harrison, M. E., Norris, M. L., Obeid, N., Fu, M., Weinstangel, H., & Sampson, M. (2015). Systematic review of the effects of family meal frequency on psychosocial outcomes in youth. Canadian Family Physician, 61(2), e96–e106.
Kaakinen, J., Coehlo, D., Steele, R., Tabacco, A., Hanson, S. (2015). Family Health Care Nursing: Theory Practice and Reseach. F.A. Davis Company. Philadelphia, PA.