Concept Analysis of Family + Health = A New Definition of Family Health

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  • Sandra Kenney Weeks BSN RN CRRN,

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    • Sandra Kenney Weeks is the nurse manager at Lourdes Regional Rehabilitation Center in Camden, NJ. She also is pursuing a master's degree in family health nursing at Trenton State College in Trenton, NJ. Priscilla O'Connor is an assistant professor of nursing in the graduate program in family health nursing at Trenton State College in Trenton, NJ.

  • Priscilla C. O'Connor PhD RN CS

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    • Sandra Kenney Weeks is the nurse manager at Lourdes Regional Rehabilitation Center in Camden, NJ. She also is pursuing a master's degree in family health nursing at Trenton State College in Trenton, NJ. Priscilla O'Connor is an assistant professor of nursing in the graduate program in family health nursing at Trenton State College in Trenton, NJ.


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Abstract

In this article, the authors explore references to family and health in the nursing literature and compare them with their own perceptions to propose a new definition of family health. Focusing on connectedness, energy, and hope for the future, this definition and its conceptual model can help nurses care for families in the rehabilitation setting.

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