Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Nurses and Families: A Guide to Family Assessment and Intervention (4Th Edition)

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Nurses and Families: A Guide to Family Assessment and Intervention (4Th Edition)

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Nurses and Families: A Guide to Family Assessment and Intervention (4th edition) by Lorraine M. Wright, PhD, RN, and Maureen Leahey, PhD, RN; Philadelphia: FA Davis, 2005; 345 pages, soft cover, $28.95

Those nurses who care for families recognize the importance of the family as promoter of health as well as the critical role families play during the illness of a loved one. Although this understanding is not new to nursing, it is only recently that nurses who specialize in family care have recognized the need for a sound knowledge base to assist them in their work.

The field of family nursing unites leaders in research and practice who contribute to a knowledge base grounded in theory, research, and practice. The authors, Lorraine Wright and Maureen Leahey, describe their book as a "how-to" text for undergraduates, graduate students, and practicing nurses. It provides a theoretical foundation for family assessment and intervention; family assessment and intervention models; guidelines for family interviewing; and detailed suggestions, with clinical examples, for preparing, conducting, and documenting family interviews. Most importantly, this book demonstrates how nurse-family collaboration can diminish or alleviate suffering in families.

Since the publication of the first edition in 1984, significant changes have affected families and the larger world in which we live. One significant change has been an increase in complex blended families with multiple parents and siblings. This fourth edition provides genograms that reflect diverse family structures. …

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