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NURS 203

NURS 203 Health Promotion in Families
3 Credits

Introduces theory related to families across the lifespan within the context of primary health care in the north. Emphasis is on family assessment skills and working in partnership with families in the development of health promotion and illness and injury prevention strategies. Holistic care for families during transitions such as normal childbearing, child rearing and caring for an elderly parent is included. Family Nursing is the umbrella under which all health nursing is practiced in all settings. Nurses frequently care for family clients in diverse practice settings, particularly in the community. Recent directions in the BC health care system point to a decrease in health care delivery in acute care and other institutional settings and an increase in community based health care, with a health promotion focus. Topics to be included during this course relate to family nursing: theories regarding family change structure, function, purpose, developmental stage, and the impact of change on the family. Emphasis will be on assessment of and health promotion within families during normative developmental and transitional phases with an introduction to the Calgary Family Assessment Model. Common modes of family nursing interventions will be introduced. In class discussion will exame affects of sociocultural influences on family health focusing on economics, family violence, mental health, substance abuse, actue/chronic illness, caregiver stress and grief and loss. Students are expected to integrate previous learning to course concepts, utilize critical thinking skills, work effectively in groups, and demonstrate self direction in learning.

Prerequisites
Take NURS-101, NURS-102, BIOL-131 and BIOL-132

Transfer Credits
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