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Family Health Promotion of Psychiatric Nursing Practice

Course Code: PNUR 3171
Faculty: Health Sciences
Department: Nursing - Psychiatric
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Partially Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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 family development, structure, and process concepts and review their historical underpinnings from family theory. Learners will have opportunities to apply the Neuman Systems Model and other assessment tools to a selected family and develop strategies to promote optimal family system stability and wellness.

Course Content

The focus of this course is to introduce the learner to family nursing frameworks that are based upon family development, structural, and process concepts.  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.  Course content includes:

Unit 1: Family Health Care Nursing: Introduction

  • Introduction to Family Health Nursing
  • Approaches to Family Health Nursing
  • Psychiatric Nursing Roles
  • Family Structure, Function and Process

Unit 2: Family Demographics – Canadian Context

  • Changing Family Norms, Immigration and Ethnic Diversity
  • Trends in Population Health including Aboriginal Health
  • Family and Diversity in Canada
  • Canadian Healthcare Context

Unit 3: Theoretical foundations for the Nursing of Families

  • Foundations for the Nursing of Families
  • Theoretical Perspectives and Application to Families
  • Family Life Cycle Stages and Developmental Tasks
  • Family Systems Theory (Neuman)
  • Other Family Nursing Models

Unit 4: Family Nursing Process: Family Nursing Assessment Models

  • Family Nursing Process
  • Assessment of the Family Story
  • Analysis, Design, Intervention and Evaluation
  • Family Assessment Models for Psychiatric Nursing

Unit 5: Family Social Policy and Variation from Wellness

  • Social Policy
  • Determinants of Health and Variation from Wellness
  • Social Issues and Policies that affect Families
  • Psychiatric Nursing role in relation to Health and Illness care

Unit 6: Culturally Sensitive Nursing Care of Families

  • Psychiatric Nursing Perspective on Cultural Diversity
  • Theoretical Framework. Bowen Family Systems Theory
  • Psychiatric Nursing Care using the Family Systems Model

Unit 7: Family Mental Health Nursing

  • Family Members of Individuals with Mental Health Issues
  • Family Mental Health Nursing Practice
  • Assessment, Diagnosis, Identification, Planning & Implementation

Unit 8: Family Health Promotion

  • Family Health Models and Family Health Promotion
  • Nursing Process for Family Health Promotion

Unit 9: Families and Chronic Illness

  • Theoretical Perspectives to understanding Chronic Illness
  • Family Coping and Caregiver Concerns
  • Family Functioning, Resilience, Change and Adaption

Unit 10: Families in Developmental Changes

  • Key Issues in Developmental Change and Families (Exemplar: death, divorce, loss)
  • Family Nursing Practice, Assessment and Intervention
  • Supporting Families: Information, Empowerment and Healing

Unit 11: Gerontology

  • Theoretical Framework, and Profile of Aging Families
  • Family Caregiving
  • Abuse, Neglect, and Self Neglect

Unit 12: Psychiatric Nursing Care of Families with Trauma

  • Demographics: Families and Trauma
  • Effects of Trauma on Families
  • Family Nursing Practice Interventions

Methods of Instruction

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.

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.