Event Title

Family Communication Construct: Examining Family Nursing Science and Practice

Location

CSU Ballroom

Start Date

18-4-2016 2:00 PM

End Date

18-4-2016 3:30 PM

Student's Major

School of Nursing

Student's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Mentor's Name

Norma Krumwiede

Mentor's Department

School of Nursing

Mentor's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Description

Communication is essential to forming relationships, interacting with others and exchanging information. Communication is an ongoing process that families use to create meaning, establish a sense of well-being, share experiences and build relationships with one another. Therapeutic communication between nurses and families facilitates co-construction of meaning and promotes adaptation to the demands of the chronic illness. The purpose of this research was to conduct an integrative research review to examine the nursing construct of Family Communication and identify nursing interventions that promote healthy family communication and discussions. Searches were conducted using the CINHAL and ProQuest data bases with the key terms of ‘family communication’, ‘nursing actions’, ‘nursing strategies’, ‘nursing interventions’, and ‘nursing actions’ that yielded 147 results from publications dated between 2000 - 2015; 21 studies met the inclusion criteria. Findings of nursing interventions during the review were: Establishing relationships; Providing family members with adequate, accurate and timely information; and Engaging family members in planning, decision making, and patient care. An unexpected finding in the literature was that nurses reported a perceived lack of communication skills when dealing with difficult emotional situations, within trauma, crisis, or critical care settings, and with families from other cultures. Nurses play an important part in the family communication process and the findings from the integrative review can be used by nurses in various care settings to facilitate communication with the family and its members.

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Apr 18th, 2:00 PM Apr 18th, 3:30 PM

Family Communication Construct: Examining Family Nursing Science and Practice

CSU Ballroom

Communication is essential to forming relationships, interacting with others and exchanging information. Communication is an ongoing process that families use to create meaning, establish a sense of well-being, share experiences and build relationships with one another. Therapeutic communication between nurses and families facilitates co-construction of meaning and promotes adaptation to the demands of the chronic illness. The purpose of this research was to conduct an integrative research review to examine the nursing construct of Family Communication and identify nursing interventions that promote healthy family communication and discussions. Searches were conducted using the CINHAL and ProQuest data bases with the key terms of ‘family communication’, ‘nursing actions’, ‘nursing strategies’, ‘nursing interventions’, and ‘nursing actions’ that yielded 147 results from publications dated between 2000 - 2015; 21 studies met the inclusion criteria. Findings of nursing interventions during the review were: Establishing relationships; Providing family members with adequate, accurate and timely information; and Engaging family members in planning, decision making, and patient care. An unexpected finding in the literature was that nurses reported a perceived lack of communication skills when dealing with difficult emotional situations, within trauma, crisis, or critical care settings, and with families from other cultures. Nurses play an important part in the family communication process and the findings from the integrative review can be used by nurses in various care settings to facilitate communication with the family and its members.

Recommended Citation

Maleska, Allison. "Family Communication Construct: Examining Family Nursing Science and Practice." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 18, 2016.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2016/poster-session-B/23