NRS 429 Family Health Assessment Part 1
A family’s strengths and weaknesses in terms of access to high-quality, reasonably priced treatment must be determined through family health assessment. The examination also gives healthcare professionals vital information about the dangers to reaching overall wellbeing and comprehensive health for the entire community. Additionally, the family assessment equips nurses, particularly Family Nurse Practitioners, with the necessary knowledge and abilities to evaluate the health patterns of families and provide solutions that are family-based (Peterson-Burch, 2018). The idea has also shown to be helpful in developing genetic therapies for some of the more complicated illnesses.
I spoke with Mr. and Mrs. K’s family during my family health evaluation. The family consists of two young people, a male and a female, both of age 21 and 24, as well as three older elders, ranging in age from 60 to 95. The family, who are of Hispanic-American ancestry, consists of Mrs. K’s 92-year-old mother who is battling Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis, Mr. K, a 68-year-old retired attorney, and Mrs. K, a 60-year-old retired high school teacher. The entire family is a devout Catholic with a standard of living in the upper middle class. Their pension is sufficient to cover their costs for food, medicine, and other family expenses.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the primary goal of modern family health behavior. Mr. and Mrs. K frequently go to the gym to work out. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays are when they work out. To stay healthy, they also follow a nutritious diet. Mrs. K has hypertension and Mr. K has a history of hyperlipidemia, but they both take good care of their health issues with food and exercise. Their two elderly children are both in good health and don’t have any underlying illnesses. They perform well in school and are average people. They have been doing well in both academics and athletics. While the 21-year-old has been competing in tennis ball tournaments since she was 6 years old, the 24-year-old son enjoys soccer and plays on the college soccer team. For the past five years, Mrs. K’s mother has been battling both arthritis and Alzheimer’s. She regularly goes to therapy to get the arthritis discomfort under control.
NRS 429V Week 5 Discussion 2 NEW SYLLABUS
How could you use the family structural theory to determine if a family is dysfunctional or not? Provide evidence to support your answer.
NRS 429 Topic 5 DQ 2 OLD SYLLABU
What characteristics would lead a provider to suspect domestic violence, child abuse, or elder abuse is taking place within a family? Discuss your facility’s procedure for reporting these types of abuse.
Re: Topic 5 DQ 1
Health education is used to teach people how their actions or inactions have affected their overall health and well-being. Health promotion is when this information is used by the individual in order to promote their own health and have positive outcomes. “Nurses are actively involved in both health promotion and health education, providing education that is necessary to help patients achieve control over the promotion of their own health” Grand Canyon University, 2018). The nursing process is vital in developing health education. You first begin by assessing the knowledge your patient already has and what kind of learning style they possess. Next you would make a plan of how you wanted to educate the patient and the strategies they would best respond to. You should then implement the plan. And lastly, you need to evaluate how much and what information you patient has retained.
When I lived in the Midwest one of the major issues that affected many friends and family was the opioid epidemic. Many people I knew were not prone to drug abuse but because of lack of education found themselves abusing opioids. This type of addiction did not care what social or economic status you found yourself at, it did not discriminate against anyone. “Health education programs are a vital component to end the opioid epidemic by preventing opioid addiction and misuse before overdose or opioid-related comorbidities occur” (Policy Brief A Nation in Crisis: A Health Education Approach to Preventing Opioid Misuse and Addiction, n.d.). In order to slow the addiction to these kinds of drugs it is important to educate every patient before they begin taking any of these types of medications about their addictive nature. This should be done using public programs so that they have the information before they are even given an opioid. They then can address the issue with their doctor if they are ever prescribed an opioid. “Therefore, health education is not only effective in its ability to allow community members to make informed health decisions, but to improve safety and quality of life” (Policy Brief A Nation in Crisis: A Health Education Approach to Preventing Opioid Misuse and Addiction, n.d.).
Grand Canyon University (Ed). (2018). Health promotion: Health & wellness across the continuum. Retrieved from https://lc.gcumedia.com/nrs429vn/health-promotion-health-and-wellness-across-the-continuum/v1.1/
Policy Brief A Nation in Crisis: A Health Education Approach to Preventing Opioid Misuse and Addiction. (n.d.). https://www.sophe.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Policy-Brief-Heealth-education-and-opioids.pdf
REPLY TO ROBIN HERE
I agree with you that health education is critical component in nursing practice. It is the main tool that guides in health promotion approaches. The nurses have a responsibility to educate the members of the public on health risks, predisposing factors, the effects of the diseases and finally the preventive measures (Whitehead, n.d.). I also agree with you that health education empowers the members of the community hence increase their safety. This is as a result of having information on the risks of various lifestyle choices and habits that could have adverse effects to the health hence informed choices. Guidance and counselling patients is also a form of health education. In tackling the opioid misuse epidemic in the US, the federal regulation stipulates clearly the for the centers that dispense methadone treatment to offer counselling, the same applies to doctors who prescribe these drugs, they should refer the patients for counselling (Hoffman et al., 2019). This demonstrates how health education is a critical component in the healthcare systems.
Whitehead, D. (n.d.). Exploring health promotion and health education in nursing. Journals.Rcni.com. https://journals.rcni.com/nursing-standard/cpd/exploring-health-promotion-and-health-education-in-nursing-ns.2018.e11220/print/abs
Hoffman, K. A., Ponce Terashima, J., & McCarty, D. (2019). Opioid use disorder and treatment: challenges and opportunities. BMC Health Services Research, 19(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-019-4751-4