Nursing Interventions

Family nursing interventions are important as they focus on offering help to families so as to enhance members of the family to carry out these tasks themselves. In health promotion as well as diseases, nurses help families to improve their ability to act on their own without any outside assistance (Tengland 2010). In this case, Susie will be facing a new challenge in her life following the change in family structure. Her responsibilities are more demanding as she has a role of a mother, care provider for her chronically ill mother, spouse and career needs. One of the first and major step that the nurse should take in assisting this family is through providing educational and community resources to the family which would be of benefit to them at this time.

The nurse can recommend some of the strategies that Susie needs to incorporate during her care giving so as to ensure that she is able to adopt and deal with the new changes in her family. The nurse may assist Susie and the rest of her family with education materials that handle the subject of the elderly, home safety, compliance, nutritional study and medication. The nurse should also remind Susie that she also needs to take care of herself. In family structural theory the nurse will help in identifying the strength of the family members and that of Susie and considerably assign roles to all members of her family.

Developmental theory looks at families in the view of tasks and progression through cycles. Susie’s family is going through developmental cycles as they have to incorporate Ms Jones into their family circle. The nurse should assess risk factors and should also look for signs of neglect and abuse such as psychiatric mental health disorder, social support systems and coping mechanisms especially for elder abuse (Henry et al 2010). Once an abuse is assessed, the abused are removed from the home setting where they are abused while the abusers are reported.


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