Dynamics Of Family Systems – nur542 (2 credits)

Family systems theories and models are used to understand the impact of nuclear families on professional and personal relationships as well as on society. These theories and models are used as well to develop strategies for promoting and monitoring the health of families.

This graduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Management of Cultural Differences among Families

  • Conduct a family cultural assessment using an existing or refined cultural assessment tool.
  • Develop solutions to cultural or lifestyle problems affecting health related behaviors and family function.
  • Describe transcultural concepts and theories for application on diverse families.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

  • Analyze the family nurse's role in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.
  • Explore the use of health belief model and health promotion models in family nursing practice.
  • Analyze innovative approaches in preventive work with families.
  • Analyze the utilization of health promotion.

Issues in Management of High Risk Individuals and Families

  • Synthesize epidemiological models, theories, and adaptive strategies for the management of high-risk families.
  • Explore case management strategies and roles of the advanced practice family nurse.
  • Develop a plan of care for a high-risk family problem (homelessness, family violence, teen pregnancy, suicidal ideation, drug/alcohol abuse) with appropriate nursing interventions based on health promotion, health belief models, family theory, and analysis of family functions.

Perspectives on Family Development: Management and Practice

  • Explore the concept of family as a social structure and basic unit of society.
  • Analyze the history of family nursing as the unit of care, nursing models, concepts, and trends in nursing of families.

Family Structures and Functions

  • Analyze functional and dysfunctional communication patterns and their effect on individual family members.
  • Synthesize individual and family dynamics through analysis of the roles, values, and power structures between family members.

Theoretical Approaches to Family Nursing

  • Analyze current theories, therapies, and concepts from the literature applicable to the management of individuals and families.
  • Analyze the inherent strengths and limitations in the utilization of select nursing theories in the management of individuals and families.

Family Identifying Data

  • Assess individual and family dynamics through family identifying data including family composition, family orientation, social class status, social class mobility, social supports/networks, and recreational activities.

Evidenced-based Practice in Family Nursing

  • Analyze literature on evidence-based nursing practice related to family nursing.
  • Explore issues related to research utilization in family nursing practice.
  • Analyze and critique a theory used in family nursing for applicability and usefulness in family nursing practice in the workplace.

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