Nurses and Families: A Guide to Family Assessment and Intervention, 6th Edition

by Drs. Lorraine M. Wright and Maureen Leahey. Published in 2013

Harness the power of the nurse-family relationship!
Rely on evidence and practice based guidelines for everything you need to know about family assessment and interventions to confidently prepare for clinical~ractice with families.

The ideal 'how-to' book!
Thoroughly revised and updated, the 6th Edition expands beyond the boundaries of practice,
education, and research to help you reduce illness suffering and promote family health.

  • NEW CHAPTER! How to Move Beyond Basic Family Nursing Skills.
  • UPDATED & EXPANDED! The evidence and practice based, Calgary Family Assessment and Intervention Models for current best practices.
  • NEW! How to "bring the family into the room" when working with an individual.
  • NEW! Tips and micro skills for interviewing families of the elderly.
  • NEW! Descriptions of rapidly changing demographic patterns in American families.
  • ENHANCED! Emphasis on working with families dealing with complex issues.

From theory to practice, polish the clinical skills you need to...

✓ Prepare, conduct, terminate, and document family interviews.
✓ Discover practical ideas and examples for effective clinical interviewing.
✓ Conduct a 15 minute (or shorter) family interview.
✓ Avoid the three most common errors in family interviewing.
✓ Interview an individual from a family perspective.
✓ Understand and address diverse issues relating to culture, class, gender, and sexual orientation through the family life cycle.

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Here are specific chapters from Nurses and Families and the accompanying DVD’s that  demonstrate the content.

Chapter 3 Calgary Family Assessment Model DVD #2 Calgary Family Assessment Model: How to Apply in Clinical practice
Chapter 4 Calgary Family Intervention Model DVD #4 How to Intervene with Families with Health Concerns
Chapter 5 Family Nursing Interviews: Stages and Skills DVD #3 Family Nursing Interviewing Skills: How to Engage, Assess, Intervene, and Terminate with Families
Chapter 8 How to Use Questions in Family Interviewing DVD #5 How to Use Questions in Family Interviewing
Chapter 9 How to Do a 15 Minute (or Shorter) Family Interview DVD #1 How to Do a 15 Minute (or Less) Family Interview
Chapter 10 How to Move Beyond Basic Family Nursing Skills DVD #7 Tips and Microskills for Interviewing Families of the Elderly
DVD #8 Interviewing an Individual to Gain a Family perspective with Chronic Illness
Chapter 11 How to Avoid the Three Most Common Errors in Family Nursing DVD #6 Common Errors in Family Interviewing: How to Avoid and Correct
In addition, some content from the following chapters are integrated into the following DVD’s:
Chapter 2 Theoretical Foundations of the Calgary Family Assessment and Intervention Models Some of this content is included in DVD # 2 and #3
Chapter 7 How to Conduct Family Interviews Some of this content is included in DVD’s #3, #4 and #5


Foreign Translations

Nurses and Families: A Guide to Family Assessment and Intervention translated into Japanese, French, German, Icelandic, Korean, Swedish, and Portuguese languages.

Published by Igakushoin,
 Tokyo, Japan 1995

Published by Studentlitteratur, Lund, Sweden 1998.

Published by Éditions du Renouveau Pédagogique, Saint-Laurent, Québec,Canada 1995

Portuguese Translation
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