Applying evidence based care to the nursing assessment of a family.
Aim: The aim of this written assessment item is to apply evidence based care to the nursing assessment of a family. When an infant, young child or adolescent experiences a health or social issue, the issue can impact upon all family members. Nurses working in acute care and community settings need to understand the functioning of the family unit so they can care for and assist the whole family. There are several family assessment tools that may be used by nurses to perform a family assessment, and it is important to understand the strengths and the limitations of any tool you use in clinical practice to provide a family-centred and partnership approach to your nursing care.
Instructions: This written assignment has three distinct parts that you should address separately (as three distinct pieces of writing). You do not need to provide an introduction, or a conclusion for any of these parts.
(Part one) The Principles of Family Assessment: (approx. 400 words) Describe the principles of family assessment, and explain why it is important for a nurse to undertake a family assessment. Use at least three scholarly references from separate sources to support this part.
(Part Two) The Nursing Assessment of a Family: (approx. 600 words) There are two family scenarios on the following pages for you to choose from; select one. Select one of the family assessment tools we have explored in lectures and tutorials. Demonstrate an understanding of the selected family assessment tool by appropriately using it to assess your selected family. You may include a diagram as an Appendix.