Family Value

Family values
June 10, 2013
Dr. Danielle Patrick

Family values
“Family” is used often when people try to emphasize the support system they have in their lives.   The concept of family in the health care system is the immediate, external, environmental factors that influence patient’s health status. Family is an integral part of nursing care delivery.   According to Garwick (2003) “family health nursing provides the conceptual foundations of family nursing across the life span” (p. 284).   Patient-family-nursing is the trend of health care service today, but the concept is rooted as early as 1950s with Florence Nightingale, and other theorist brought a gist to it (Newton, 2003).   Family-Health Nurse (FHN) concept was also well defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe to strengthen family and community-oriented health services (Nayback, 2009).   Health care profession, especially nurses, need to incorporate family member in patient care, and to understand the role of family system, and concept in the application of health care delivery.

 Family system in promotion of patient’s health
As patient is the centers of care, and lives in dynamic environment, he or she sees the immediate environment, family members, subject to change because of illness, injury, or death that afflict him or her.   Family needs to have a positive role in patient’s health and be part of the health care plan.   To have positive results, and to discuss family nursing care according to Friedman, Bowden, and Jones, (2003), family referrers as “two or more individuals who depend on one another for emotional, physical, economical support; the member of the family are not self-defined” (p. 567).   As member of the family adapt to stress, and changes, in aiding families, nurses play an important role.   Because of diversity, nurses provide care culturally...