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NURS 607 Family Health Nursing

This course focuses on family nursing. Major theoretical foundations are presented including family systems, development, structure-function, and stress. Issues related to contemporary families are explored including gay and lesbian families, responses to grief and loss, family violence, and socio-cultural influences. The clinical decision making skills of assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and evaluation are applied to families experiencing a transition or a chronic health problem. Students will work with a family whose cultural, racial, or lifestyle background is different from their own. Graduate students will evaluate the effectiveness of family nursing interventions.
3 Graduate credits

Effective August 24, 2002 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze family coping strategies and barriers to family stress management.
  • Analyze the effects of emotional, developmental, socioeconomic, cultural, spiritual, and environmental factors on the adaptive response of the family.
  • Apply clinical decision-making skills in planning holistic care for a family facing a transition or a chronic health problem.
  • Discuss the importance of unconditional acceptance regarding culturally, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse families.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of family nursing interventions.
  • Identify family nursing diagnoses and/or functional family health patterns.
  • Implement a health promotion teaching plan for families.
  • Integrate theoretical foundations of family nursing including family systems, development, structure-function and stress into holistic nursing practice.