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    Milwaukee School of Engineering
  Jan 18, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog
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NU 2320 - Health Assessment of Family

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The emphasis in this course is assessment of family and the nurse’s role in partnering with families to achieve optimal health outcomes. The student is introduced to the value of theoretical frameworks such as Family Systems Theory, Family Development and Life Cycle Theory, Bio-ecological Systems Theory, and Chronic Illness Framework as the basis for nursing practice. The family health history focuses on family strengths including family genogram and importance of considering genetics/genomics in identifying risk factors. The family home will be discussed as a significant variable in family health status. The important role of family members in health care decisions, relationships within families and the role of the nurse in creating family friendly situations and environments in health care settings will be addressed. (prereq: CH 2261 , NU 2000 , NU 1000 , BI 256 , BI 1010  (C grade), BI 1020  (C grade), BI 1030  (C grade), BI 2040  (C grade)) (coreq: NU 2010 NU 290 , NU 2810 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Use appropriate frameworks to complete assessment of families (Level 2, Nursing Care)
  • Apply theoretical frameworks and concepts to explore factors in a family’s environment that influence health (Level 2, Critical Thinking)
  • Incorporate cultural sensitivity, ethical principles, and effective communication skills when interacting with families and communities (Level 2, Communication)
  • Accept personal responsibility and participate in own development toward the role of the professional nurse through acts of integrity, mutual respect, and actively seeking out opportunities to learn (Level 2, Professional Role)
  • Participate in a site visit to a community resource for families and reflect on the role of the professional nurse in the selected setting (Level 2, Professional Role)
  • Demonstrate understanding of the role of the professional nurse and collaborate with families in conducting health assessments (Level 2, Collaboration)
  • Conduct a comprehensive family health assessment integrating knowledge from professional literature and evidence-based practice (Level 2, Evidence-based practice)

Prerequisites by Topic
  •  None

Course Topics
  • Family Nursing; Structure, Function, Current Demographics
  • Health Promotion in the Family
  • Approaches to Family Assessment
  • Family Nursing Theories
  • Health Assessment in the Family Home
  • Genogram/ecomap
  • Genetics/genomics
  • Family Assessment Tools: The Friedman Family Assessment Model; Gordon’s Functional Health Patterns: Family
  • Family Social Policy and Health Disparities
  • Developing Cultural Competency in working with Families
  • Family Nursing with Childbearing Families
  • Family with adult member in Medical Surgical unit
  • Family: Child Health Nursing
  • Gerontological Family Nursing
  • Family member with mental health challenge or who have experienced disaster or war
  • Families at End-of-Life

Rhonda Powell

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