Impact of Advanced Practice Nursing Roles

Impact of Advanced Practice Nursing Roles


Discuss about the Impact of Advanced Practice Nursing Roles.



The role of family function in a society is significant due to the impact family has in all spheres of life. Families in contemporary society participate, intermediate and transfer the social, moral and other values in modern life (Murati 2016). Family strength has been a widely discussed concept in modern healthcare with opportunities to incorporate this significant framework in delivering optimal care services (Tabacco & Hanson 2014). The present assignment reviews the concept of family in contemporary society. The discussion focuses on describing the family strengths as a framework and exploring how a family framework can be utilised as an approach for best results in health care practice. 
As stated by Feldman, Radermacher & Browning (2016) the family is the cornerstone of every society, and it is the most basic unit of social organisation. The authors argue that most of the functions that a family used to perform a few decades ago are not being performed in the contemporary society as external agencies have taken over these responsibilities. This has led to a reduction in the importance of a family in the contemporary society. Alexy (2016) however instigates that family has not lost its vital functions as they were not performed like how they do according to the standards of the modern society. In the present era, a family is influenced greatly by the broader cultural and social context.

According to Bryant‐Lukosius et al. (2016), the concept of family strengths has been a topic of investigation for many decades. Family strength perspective is based on attributes of family functioning and the six pivotal qualities of family strengths are the commitment, affection and appreciation, time together, positive communication, ability to cope with crisis and stress, and sagacity of spiritual well-being. The family strength framework is based on the above-stated attributes as collectively they form a strong foundation stone for high quality care practices. A family is found to be functioning to its maximum potential when the individual members provide support and become pillars of strengths. When nurses consider the family strength theoretical framework in the process of care delivery instead of giving attention to improving deficits of family functioning, the focus is given to strengthening families. Östlund et al. (2016) highlight that healthcare traditionally is practiced within the involvedness of families and such care is holistic in nature and culturally competent. It is a fact that family environment may be having a positive or a negative impact on individuals in a family, and this impact depends on the beliefs, values, and adaptability to change the family possess. When a nurse uses a family strengths framework, the care is enhanced by looking beyond culture and planning the care on the basis of the assessment of each individual’s strengths. The families are thereby helped to augment the best characteristic they have.
As opined by Barnes & Rowe (2013) families experiencing psychosocial issues in relation to chronic or acute illness need to depend on nurses for assisting them in the management of the situational crisis. Nurses can effectively study psychosocial issues in relation to family functioning, resilience, family strengths and combat health conditions. Patients are best understood in the context of his immediate social environment. Care plans must, therefore, emphasise on including the family of the patient in the process of overall betterment of patient condition. Patients achieve better health outcomes when they emotional support and morale boosting from the family members. Smith & Ford (2013) in this regard state that patients are benefited from the utilisation of the family strengths framework as family happiness and welfare is fostered through healthy relationships. Positive communication among the members of the family enhances relationships, and the patient is better able to cope with the crisis and stress of the undesirable medical condition. Nurses can employ the family strengths concept by the identification of strengths of a family and delivery of feedback to them, the assistance of family members to develop their strengths and take forward the family strengths for solving a problem or achieve a goal.
From the above discussion, it can be thus concluded that a modified family structure is prevalent in modern industrial society. Using the family strengths approach, health care service providers can help the families they care for to define the hopes and vision they have for the future instead of factors contributing to issues and challenges in the family. Family strengths framework can be used in nursing practice effectively on a regular basis. Nurses must help families to build up positive relationships in times of health issues through assessment of the commitments the family has to long-term relationships, built on dependability, honesty, and emotional support. If this positive relationship exists, the chances are more that the patient would be able to cope up successfully.


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