Family and Group Theory

Course Details

Course Number
Summer I 2013
Days & Times

Online Course

Dr. Kimberly Mercer (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:




AACN Essentials

NONPF Domains

  1. Analyze the historical evolution of theories focused on families and groups.


V: 2,3



  1. Apply selected theories in assessment of family and group dynamics within developmental, cultural, ethical, legal, and economic contexts.


VI: 2,3,5


I: 16, 17

  1. Operationalize theories in the promotion and protection of optimal levels of health in families and groups using the nursing process.


VII: 1,2,3,

I: 1-3, 6, 7

II: 4, 5, 6

  1. Demonstrate application of ethical and legal principles in nursing care of families and groups in the community setting.


III: 1,2

II: 7, 8, 10

IV: 11

VII: 1-3, 5

  1. Collaborate with preceptor, faculty, and peers for evaluative feedback related to interventions with families and groups.


IV: 1,3

VII:  2

I: 18, 19, 23

VII: 4, 6

  1. Establish a network for professional support and referral of families and group embers with altered levels of health.


IIB: 1,2

VII: 4

IV: 3, 7, 8

  1. Synthesize theoretical concepts and principles in the formation of a personal conceptual framework and philosophy for care of families and groups in advanced nursing practice.


I: 6

V: 2,3



Course Expectations




A.  Group Presentation - Cultural Beliefs and Practices

Students will select from a pool of 5 cultures often encountered in the southwest United States, including Native American, Rural, Urban, Hispanic, and Military. The students will prepare an informational document utilizing Power point and clinically useful informational handouts on the culture, to include at least 5 bibliographic citations in APA format. Examples from the culture including dress, food, music, beverage, pictures, etc. are effective ways to help us experience the culture. The group will email the presentation to the class regarding the culture, including:


  • Interpretation of eye contact, touch, space, and gender issues as appropriate
  • Values and practices regarding marriage, reproduction, and birth
  • Beliefs regarding health and wellness, time orientation, and family decision-making
  • Beliefs regarding origin of disease
  • Practices and beliefs surrounding death
  • Specific health risks associated with this culture, including morbidity and mortality statistics


B.  Poster Presentation - Health Promotion Intervention

The student will research one health promotion/disease prevention strategy for the family. The focus must be on primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention of a disease, condition, or injury. This information is to be presented by uploading their poster to the specified discussion area in the course discussion section. The poster must focus on health promotion/disease prevention strategies and application to advanced practice as an FNP. This will be a poster presentation of the information contained in the formal paper (see below).


An informational document including references in APA format is to be distributed to class members. The reference list must include a minimum of 5 professional, evidence-based references.


C. Formal Paper - Theoretical Framework for Health Promotion with Families

The student will select a family with a health promotion/disease prevention need. The family should not be the student’s family. The student will write a paper that identifies the need and uses a theoretical framework for family assessment and intervention. The paper should be no more than 10 pages, excluding title and reference pages.


D. Online Discussion

Each student is responsible to respond to the discussion topics posted by faculty on the Blackboard discussion board. The purpose of this discussion is to take the place of classroom discussion. Each student should lead a discussion on the topic, posing challenging questions that would further or refute your position or seek solutions. These are collegial, peer review type discussions, providing evidence of both depth and breadth of the issue. Grading is based on the discussion you lead, as well as your contribution to two (2) other students’ discussions. You should post your discussion 4-6 days prior to the due date to allow time for discussion to occur. Discussion due dates are listed in the schedule. Each discussion topic is worth 25 points.


Equipment Required

A personal computer


Required Texts:

American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American

Psychological Association (LATEST edition.). American Psychological Association.

ISBN: 155987912


Friedman, M.M., Bowden, V.R., & Jones, E. (2002). Family Nursing: Research, Theory,

and Practice (5th ed.). Appleton & Lange.

ISBN: 0130608246


Purnell, L.D. (2009). Guide to Culturally Competent Health Care (2nd ed.). F.A. Davis ISBN: 0803620640


Wright, L.M., & Leahey, M. (2005). Nurses and Families: A Guide to Family

Assessment and Intervention (4th ed.). F.A. Davis.

ISBN: 083612117



Grading Standards


Grading Scale:












65 and below




The grade for the class will be based upon the following criteria:



Evaluation Components

% of Total Grade

Due Date

Presentation: Cultural Beliefs Presentation & Handout



June 26

Paper: Theoretical Framework for Advanced Practice with Families



July 20

Poster Presentation:  Theory-Based, Family-Focused Health Promotion Intervention & Handout



July 27

WebCT Discussion


25 %

Posted on Webct calendar


Submission Format Policy

Select assignments will be submitted via Dropbox (D2L). Other assignments may be submitted via email and posted discussion threads.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


Timely Submission of Assignments

Papers, presentations, and other assigned work must be submitted on time. Failure of a student to submit work at the designated time will result in a grade of zero unless prior arrangements have been made in writing. In the event of an extenuating circumstance (illness of the student or in the student’s immediate family; birth or adoption of a child; death in the family; other unforeseen circumstance) the student and professor can negotiate a later submission date and opportunity for full points to be earned. In other circumstances the student and professor will negotiate a reduction in available points to be earned. The usual rule in this case will be a loss of 3 points per day (including weekends). 

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Attendance Requirements

Online Course

Other Policies


Student Responsibilities and Class Requirements

Students are accountable for policies regarding graduate nursing programs and completion of requirements for all graduate students as stated in the MSU Graduate Catalog and MSN Student Handbook.


Students are responsible for making appointments with faculty with concerns about class assignments.



Academic Dishonesty

All students are expected to pursue their scholastic careers with honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test or other course work, plagiarism (offering the work of another as one’s own), and the unauthorized collaboration with another person. Students found guilty of dishonesty in their scholastic pursuits are subject to penalties that may include suspension or expulsion from the University.

By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a "limited right" in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The "limited right" shall include, but shall not be limited to, the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.


Americans with Disability Act (ADA)

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Writing Proficiency Requirement

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