Emily GrandNUR321 Care ofChildrenProfessor OrelupJanuary22, 2018Family Centered Care As part of a nursing student in the pediatricsetting, one must incorporate family centered care when implementing nursingresponsibilities. Collaboration between the medical professionals, patient, andfamily is a partnership; in which everyone is working towards a common goal.This type of care allows different types of critical thinking come together tobenefit the individual undergoing treatment. Before patient care is carried out,the nursing student should encourage both the patient and his or her familymembers to participate. Doing so, the nursing student should make sure thatfamily members are present for all interactions with the child. By allowing thefamily to participate, medical professionals gain insight to information thatmay or may not have been known previously.
Nursing students can help familiesactively participate in discussion and decision making by providing a translatorif necessary, asking opening-ended questions, using non-medical terminology, acalm tone of voice, listening to concerns, etc. This will also give the studentan 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 beingempathetic. Being a nursing student, one must understand that the family wantsto maintain control of their child’s treatment.
Families know the patient thebest—their abilities, daily activities, quality of life. They have to understandthat the family members are the ones most involved in the care of their childand that they will decide what is best fit for their child. Students must listento the needs of both the patient and the family, taking into consideration thefamilies beliefs, culture, and religion. Goals cannot be met withoutimplementing this knowledge into the treatment. Encouraging the family members tocollaborate with the medical professionals educates all team members and negotiationbecomes easier. In order to help meet the goals ofthe patient, medical professionals, the patient, and family members must negotiateon actions to treat the child. As a nursing student, one can use criticalthinking and evidence-based practice to educate the patient and family, while incorporatingideas of the family’s desires.
This knowledge must be honest, objective, andunbiased in order for all members to actively listen and participate. Just asthe family members and patients patiently listen to all the advice from themedical professionals, student nurses must listen to the patient and familymembers input. Since student nurses have more time to spend one on one withtheir patients, they can provide comfort by actively listening, providingappropriate touch when necessary, and using positive verbal and nonverbalactions. Once families and patients gain the trust of their medicalprofessionals, negotiation becomes easier and patient-centered goals can startto be achieved.
Family centered care is a partnership where each member cooperatestogether to educate and empower one another to meet a common goal.