Describe the features of family assessment and explain why it is important to undertake a family assessment.
Nursing assessment of a family
?The aim of this assignment is to apply evidence based nursing care to the 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 family assessment tool you use in clinical practice.
Consider the two case studies following, and select one:
1) Describe the features of family assessment and explain why it is important to undertake a family assessment.
2) Select one of the family assessment tools we have explored, and identify the strengths and limitations of the chosen tool. Use this tool to assess the family you have selected. If your chosen family assessment tool includes a diagram to illustrate the family, you may include this as an Appendix.
3) Identify two issues for the family in the case study you have selected. Using appropriate research, discuss what is known about each of these issues and provide a nursing goal to address each issue.
? Use APA 6th edition for in-text referencing, and the reference list;
? Ensure that you use scholarly literature (digitised readings, research articles and text books) that has been published within the last 10 years;
? Provide a clear introduction and conclusion to your paper;
? You may use headings to organise your work if you wish;