Emily and family members must negotiate on actions

Emily Grand

NUR321 Care of
Children

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Professor Orelup

January
22, 2018

Family Centered Care

            As part of a nursing student in the pediatric
setting, one must incorporate family centered care when implementing nursing
responsibilities. Collaboration between the medical professionals, patient, and
family is a partnership; in which everyone is working towards a common goal.
This type of care allows different types of critical thinking come together to
benefit the individual undergoing treatment. Before patient care is carried out,
the nursing student should encourage both the patient and his or her family
members to participate. Doing so, the nursing student should make sure that
family members are present for all interactions with the child. By allowing the
family to participate, medical professionals gain insight to information that
may or may not have been known previously. Nursing students can help families
actively participate in discussion and decision making by providing a translator
if necessary, asking opening-ended questions, using non-medical terminology, a
calm tone of voice, listening to concerns, etc. This will also give the student
an insight to the patient and family needs, wants, and beliefs.

            As part of a medical professional,
nursing students must walk into each patient’s room having no bias and being
empathetic. Being a nursing student, one must understand that the family wants
to maintain control of their child’s treatment. Families know the patient the
best—their abilities, daily activities, quality of life. They have to understand
that the family members are the ones most involved in the care of their child
and that they will decide what is best fit for their child. Students must listen
to the needs of both the patient and the family, taking into consideration the
families beliefs, culture, and religion. Goals cannot be met without
implementing this knowledge into the treatment. Encouraging the family members to
collaborate with the medical professionals educates all team members and negotiation
becomes easier.

            In order to help meet the goals of
the patient, medical professionals, the patient, and family members must negotiate
on actions to treat the child. As a nursing student, one can use critical
thinking and evidence-based practice to educate the patient and family, while incorporating
ideas of the family’s desires. This knowledge must be honest, objective, and
unbiased in order for all members to actively listen and participate. Just as
the family members and patients patiently listen to all the advice from the
medical professionals, student nurses must listen to the patient and family
members input. Since student nurses have more time to spend one on one with
their patients, they can provide comfort by actively listening, providing
appropriate touch when necessary, and using positive verbal and nonverbal
actions. Once families and patients gain the trust of their medical
professionals, negotiation becomes easier and patient-centered goals can start
to be achieved. Family centered care is a partnership where each member cooperates
together to educate and empower one another to meet a common goal.