Conducting Family Nursing in Heart Failure outpatient clinics: Nurses experiences

Barbara Voltelen, Hanne Konradsen, Birte Østergaard

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    This study aimed to explore what was documented during structured Family Nursing (FN) conversations with patients diagnosed with Heart Failure and their families, and to gain knowledge about the nurses’ experiences conducting FN.

    Patients with HF face many challenges, and so do their families. Research has shown that families want to be involved in the caring and treatment of their loved ones. The FN intervention based on The Calgary Family Assessment and Intervention Model could improve patient and family outcome.

    Data consisted of 34 case reports with documentation from throughout the FN intervention and a Focus group interview with 6 nurses who were conducting the conversations. Content analyses of all text material dealt with both manifest and latent content, and were analyzed through a deductive and inductive process.

    Enabling bonding emerged as the overall theme for the FN conversations, and was made possible through two subthemes; “strengthening family bonds” and “creating an enabling context for FN”. Conducting the FN conversations was challenging due to the use of new communication skills. Optimal setting, experience, retraining and professional relational continuity was important and seen as a prerequisite if FN scould be implemented in clinical settings.

    Conclusion and implication for practice:
    The FN conversation seemed to support family relations and provided distinct and helpful knowledge about the family situation and their interrelation which facilitated the care for the family.

    Translated title of the contributionFamilie Sygepleje til hjertesvigtspatienter i ambulant regi: Sygeplejerskernes erfaringer
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date24. Sept 2014
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 24. Sept 2014
    Event4th Nordic Conference in Family Focused Nursing - University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
    Duration: 24. Sept 201425. Sept 2014


    Conference4th Nordic Conference in Family Focused Nursing
    LocationUniversity of Southern Denmark

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