Which concepts about families should the nurse keep in mind when providing care for this client?
A nurse is caring for a client who has undergone hemicolectomy for colon cancer. The woman has two children.
A. Illness in one family member can affect all family members. B. Family roles don t change because of illness. C. A family member may have more than one role at a time in the family. D. Children typically aren t affected by adult illness. E. The effects of an illness on a family depend on the stage of the family s life cycle. F. Changes in sleeping and eating patterns may be signs of stress in a family.
The nurse should take into consideration that illnesses in one family member can affect all family members; members can have more than one role in a family; the effects of an illness depends on the stage of a family's life cycle; and changes in sleeping and eating patterns are stress indicators. Family roles can and do change because of illness.
This is evident when the breadwinner becomes ill and the caretaker must provide. Children are very often affected by an adult family member's illness in that they take on the sensed stress as well as duties that are often handled by the ill adult. These duties can include childcare, simple meal preparation, and minor housework.
Illness in one family member can affect all family members.-2. a family member may have more than one role at a time in the family.-3. the effects of an illness on a family depend on the stage of the family\ s life cycle.-4. changes in sleeping and eating patterns may be signs of stress in a family.-rationale: illness in one family member can affect all family members, even children. each member of a family may have several roles to perform. a middle-aged woman, for example, may have the roles of mother, wage-earner, wife, and housekeeper. families move through certain predictable life cycles (such as a birth, a growing family, adult children leaving home, and grandparenting). the impact of illness on the family may depend on the stage of the life cycle as family members take on different roles and the family structure changes. illness produces stress in families; changes in eating and sleeping patterns are signs of stress. when one family member cant fulfill a role because of illness, the roles of the other family members are affected.client needs category: health promotion and maintenanceclient needs subcategory: nonecognitive level: analysisreference: taylor, c., et al. fundamentals of nursing: the art and science of nursing care, 6th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 32.