Nurses and Families: A Guide to Family Assessment and Intervention

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With a clear focus on clinical nursing practice Nurses and Families: A Guide to Family Assessment and Intervention, 4th Edition, is the ideal "how to" book for promoting better family health care. Nurses are on the front lines when it comes to assessing the needs of families and knowing when and how to intervene properly. This book offers you clinical ideas, guidelines, and tools to assist families experiencing illness.

"...presents the clinical research & practice-based Calgary Family Assessment Model, offering a new paradigm for the nursing of detailed clinical guidelines of how to prepare, conduct, and document a family interview.

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Reviewer: Carole A. Kenner, RNC, DNS, FAAN (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: This classic book has evolved over 20 years and represents the only one devoted to family assessment and interventions in a "how-to" format. The previous edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The book teaches basic family assessment and intervention. It provides guidelines for family interventions and teaching. It uses a theoretical foundation and offers clinical examples to bring the material to life.
Audience: It is aimed at undergraduate and graduate nursing students, practicing nurses, and educators that are interested in integrating more family interventions into continuing education or academic courses. The authors are well known and respected family experts.
Features: The book begins with theoretical foundations of family assessment including the major concepts of the Calgary Family Assessment Model. The CFAM is then presented along with research findings using the model. Interviewing skills and competencies are introduced as well as guidelines for conducting interviews and implementing family based strategies. Common errors that nurses often make with families and practical tips of how to avoid these are covered in detail. Throughout the book, illustrations or boxed information is used to call attention to key points. This format makes it easy to visualize and find important content.
Assessment: After 20 years, there remains no real competition for this book. It is the only one that really focuses completely on the family assessment and interventions using one model. This edition has several noteworthy additions including a chapter on how to avoid common errors in working with families; genograms to stress the new emphasis on genetic and family histories and their interaction in health promotion; bioterrorism and the impact this has had on families; clinical vignettes and critical thinking questions to enhance the learning of the material; and research that has been done using the CFAM.
A basic text for undergraduate, graduate, and practicing nurses, providing specific how-to guidelines for family assessment and intervention. Actual clinical case examples reflect ethnic, cultural, racial, and sexual diversity in conjunction with various family developmental life-cycle stages and transitions. This third edition offers updated assessment and intervention models, and contains a new chapter on brief family interviews. Wright teaches nursing at the University of Calgary. Leahey is director of the Family Therapy Training Program at Calgary Regional Health Authority. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803696044
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/1984
  • Pages: 268

Table of Contents

1 Family assessment and intervention : an overview 9
2 Theoretical foundations of the Calgary family assessment and intervention models 29
3 The Calgary family assessment model 57
4 The Calgary family intervention model 153
5 Family nursing interviews : stages and skills 181
6 How to prepare for family interviews 199
7 How to conduct family interviews 229
8 How to do a 15-minute (or shorter) family interview 263
9 How to avoid the three most common errors in family nursing 277
10 How to document family interviews 287
11 How to terminate with families 317
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