Family Health Promotion of Psychiatric Nursing Practice

Health Sciences
Nursing - Psychiatric
Course Code
PNUR 2171
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Course Designation
Certificate in Global Competency
Industry Designation
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
In this course learners will be introduced to theoretical frameworks used to guide family health promotion in the context of primary health care delivery systems. Learners will examine concepts of family development, structure, and functioning in the context of the nursing process. Learners will have opportunities to apply the Douglas College Conceptual Framework and other assessment tools (e.g. Calgary Family Assessment Model), to a selected family and develop strategies to promote optimal family system stability and wellness.

Course Content

The learner will have opportunity to apply family concepts and integrate existing learned concepts to develop a beginning working knowledge of family mental health nursing. Learners will be introduced to theoretical foundations associated with family theory and family nursing theory.  Various family assessment tools will be applied to selected families and case studies throughout the course.  


Unit 1: Family Health Care Nursing: Introduction

  • Family and Diversity in Canada

  • Introduction to Family Health Nursing

  • Introduction to Family Nursing Concepts

  • Introduce Bowen’s Family Systems Theory

  • Introduction to Family Developmental and Life Cycle Theory

  • Introduction to Circumplex Model of Family Dynamics


Unit 2: Family Nursing Assessment & Intervention

  • Therapeutic Approach to Working with Families

  • Introduce Calgary Family Assessment Model

  • Discuss use of Genograms & Ecomaps

  • Family Strengths/ Resilience

  • Application to the Nursing Process


Unit 3: Family Mental Health Nursing

  • Impact of Mental Health on the Family System

  • The Family as Caregiver

  • Common Themes for Families & Mental Illness

  • Introduce Caregiver Burnout & Compassion Fatigue

  • Ulysses Agreement

  • Role of the RPN


Unit 4: Families Experiencing Chronic Illness

  • Impact of Chronic Illness on Individual

  • Impact of Chronic Illness on Family

  • Impact of Chronic Illness on Siblings

  • Chronic Illness Framework

  • Factors Impacting Family Resilience

  • Role of the RPN

  • Family Legislation (Guardianship)


Unit 5: Families Experiencing Substance Use Disorders

  • Introduction to Substance Use Disorders

  • Pregnant Mothers with SUD

  • Impact of Addiction on Family Functioning

  • Application of Family Systems Theory to Addiction

  • Children with Substance Abusing Parents

  • Dysfunctional Family Roles

  • Codependency

  • Role of the RPN

Unit 6: Families with Adolescents Experiencing Concurrent Disorder

  • Understanding Concurrent Disorders

  • Adolescent Risk Factors

  • Impact of Concurrent Disorders on youth, parents, & siblings

  • Impact of Concurrent Disorders on family functioning

  • Treatment and Recovery

  • Application of the Nursing Process


Unit 7: Nursing Care with LGBTQ+ Families

  • Understanding Current Terminology

  • Stigma about LGBTQ+ Families

  • Diversity in LGBTQ+ Family Structures

  • Risk Factors for LGBTQ+ Youth

  • Introduction to Gender Dysphoria

  • Importance of Family Acceptance in Reducing Health Risks

  • Providing Gender Affirming Nursing Care to LGBTQ+ Families


Unit 8: Bereavement in Families

  • Introduction to the Grieving Process

  • Culture and Grieving

  • Children and the Grief Process

  • Palliative and End of Life Care

  • Supportive Care for Grieving Families

  • Introduction to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

  • Introduce BCCNP Practice Standards for MAiD


Unit 9: Families Experiencing Trauma

  •  Introduction to Family Violence

  •  Impact of Trauma in Children

  • Impact of Trauma on Family Functioning

  • Resilience in Families

  • Application of Trauma Informed Care

  • Role of the RPN:  Assessment


Unit 10: Culturally Sensitive Nursing Care of Families

  • Cultural Diversity in Canada

  • Culture Specific Terminology

  • Introduction to Transcultural Nursing

  • Cultural Barriers to Health Care

  • Introduction to Indigenous Families

  • Introduction to Concepts of Cultural Competence, Cultural Humility & Cultural Safety

  • Application of Cultural Humility to Psychiatric Nursing Care with Culturally Diverse Families

  • Culture and Mental Health


Learning Activities

Students will acquire knowledge and skill and learn to apply concepts through a variety of means of instruction and activities, including: lecture, demonstration, audio-visual aids, case studies, debate forums, critical thinking exercises and teamwork.

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College evaluation policy.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.  This is a graded course.

Learning Outcomes

In this course, learners will have opportunities to:

  • Develop their theoretical knowledge of family theory and family nursing theory
  • Discuss theoretical foundations associated with family theory and family nursing
  • Examine nursing frameworks that guide family nursing assessment and practice
  • Demonstrate application of Family Models of Nursing to guide family health promotion in the context of psychiatric nursing practice.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:


A list of required and optional textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.


Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for PNUR 2171
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU NRSG 4520 (1)

Course Offerings

Summer 2023