Friedman Family Assessment Essay

2821 words - 12 pages

Friedman Family Assessment
Wendie Land
February 21, 2011
Beth Edwards, MSN, BC, FNP

Friedman Family Assessment
A nursing assessment of a family is the basis of nursing interventions. Stanhope and Lancaster (2008) state, “By using a systematic process, family problem areas are identified and family strengths are emphasized as the building blocks for interventions and to facilitate family resiliency (p. 567). The following paragraphs will describe a family that has become more typical in this day and age. The family consists of a mother, a father, a five year old daughter, a three year old son, and the father of the man of the house. The family that was chosen was interviewed ...view middle of the document...

There is no television in this room. Connected to the living room is their dining room which is also hardwood floors, and has a table that seats eight, and a tall cabinet that has dry foods and canned foods. Connected to the dining room is the kitchen. The kitchen has a small table and four chairs, a refrigerator, a dishwasher, and lots of counter, and cabinet space. Out of the kitchen is the main hallway which is carpeted and leads to a full size bathroom and two bedrooms. The bathroom is decorated in monkeys which is the children’s bathroom. The bedroom on the left is the bedroom of CED, the 5 year old daughter, and the bedroom on the right is the bedroom of LRD, the 3 year old son. Back down the stairs is the lower level. When you first go downstairs you see and big open family room that has a couch and two lazy boy recliners. The downstairs is all carpeted. To the immediate right is a second full bathroom and next to that is the master bedroom. Opposite the master bedroom is the fourth bedroom which was converted to a toy room for the children. The downstairs is where the family spends most of their time. There is a big screen television and their is a game station connected to the television. BAD has taken the time to child proof their home using child safety locks on all cabinets, and electrical outlet covers. The children have a lot of toys, and it seems they do not have a lot of storage, yet their home is kept very tidy.

The family does not interact much with their neighbors or community. BAD’s family lives in another state, and MLD’s family lives in another town about an hour away. MLD has a car that he drives to and from work, and BAD uses a van to take CED to school, and to run errands. MLD smokes cigarettes, but he steps outside when doing so to protect the children especially CED since she has asthma. He also does not smoke when in the car.

The family is not limited in food choices, they just do not seem to choose balanced meals when eating. The only income that they have is what MLD earns from his job and so the family chooses foods that are cheap and accessible, such as canned foods, frozen foods, and snack food such as chips and cookies. The only vegetables they had were canned vegetables. BAD does try to make a balanced dinner, but still uses frozen meals that are easier to prepare.

BAD is a 29 year old caucasian female. She is 64 inches and 225 pounds. Her hair is uncombed and unwashed. She stated that since losing her job, and being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, she does not feel the need to look presentable every day. She said when she does leave the house that she does do her hair and makeup. She is needing surgery to remove her thyroid, but the family has already used up their allotted insurance money for the year, so they are waiting until January to have the surgery.

MLD is 33 year old caucasian male. He is 68 inches and 195 pounds. He is well kept in appearance and has on slacks and a button down long...

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