This course focuses on the family as a basic unit of society and promotion of family health across the lifespan. The role of the professional nurse as teacher, counselor and advocate will be emphasized in health promotion as well as dealing with the family unit challenged by acute, episodic illness/injury or chronic conditions/disabilities. The student will develop the skills to provide family-centered, outcome oriented nursing care to care for the needs of diverse families. Major theories related to family nursing will be explored. Topics include variables affecting families, family assessment, cultural diversity, anticipatory guidance, multigenerational families and family as care giver. The impact of adding, separating and dealing with the death of family members will be included.