DQ: Which theoretical perspective, that guides the nursing process with assessment of the family, do you find to be the most helpful and effective?
Because it has the potential to either ameliorate or exacerbate any existing illnesses, nutrition plays a crucial role in promoting health. It is a tool that can be utilized to lessen the complications of a sickness like diabetes or heart disease (Whitney, 2018). It is crucial for nurses to appropriately inform patients about how dietary noncompliance could result in extra comorbidities like obesity or diabetes (Whitney, 2018). A large portion of the American population frequently struggles with unbalanced diet. A nutritional deficiency might be from a disease process or just from not eating enough to support good health. For instance, a patient with liver illness brought on by long-term alcoholism may experience a deficiency as a result of their body’s inability to adequately absorb nutrients (Bartlett, 2019). They must therefore take vitamins and minerals as supplements to aid in absorption. Excessive dietary intake is closely linked to the development of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and hypertension (Whitney, 2018). In summary, comorbidities can result from both shortfalls and excesses, and a balanced diet may be advised to support good health.
groups can be found in the United States, including Arab Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Black/African Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans, Native Americans and Alaska Natives, Homeless, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) individuals, as well as Refugees. Regarding Native Americans, African Americans, and Homeless
DQ Which theoretical perspective do you believe to be the most useful and effective for guiding the nursing process with family assessment?
Due to their high rates of poverty and restricted access to resources, Americans and immigrants are particularly at risk for nutritional issues. The difficulty they have in finding nourishing meals is one of their main problems. Cheap food is frequently heavily processed and falls short of meeting people’s daily nutritional requirements. Language problems, nutrition awareness, restricted access to or purchasing of food, and a lack of or insufficient cooking and/or food preparation arrangements are possible additional sociocultural issues that may affect these individuals (Bartlett et al., 2019). I also came across another article that discussed how public assistance is not always the best option: “Families who are homeless can be eligible for a wide range of income supports such as Medicaid, Section 8 or public housing, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), and others. Unfortunately, a lot of these programs have consistently had little funding (Tobin & Murphy, pg. 6, 2013). When the nurse follows up with patients in this at-risk category, this should also be taken into account.
Murphy, J., Tobin, K. (2013). Taking on the Problems Caused by Child and Family Homelessness. Applied Research on Children Journal, 4 (1).
S. Whitney (2018). University of the Grand Canyon (Ed). Health & wellness promotion: a continuum approach. from https://lc.gcumedia.com/nrs429vn/health-promotion-health-and-wellness-across-the-continuum/v1.1
As you said, “Nutrition is a crucial component in health promotion because it can either diminish or amplify any of their current ailments.” I completely concur. Diet and nutrition have played a significant role in the prevention of numerous illnesses, including obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, hypertension, and many more. One important aspect of managing and preventing type 2 diabetes, for instance, is food (Forouhi et al., 2018). Diabetes is one of the diseases that now burden healthcare systems, hence research has been done to lessen the burden by encouraging a nutritional approach to lower the prevalence of the condition. The secret to nutritional interventions in health promotion strategies is a balanced diet with sufficient levels of nutrients. Therefore, it is crucial for healthcare professionals, especially nurses, to inform the public about the importance of maintaining a good diet as a way to keep fit and healthy (Whitney, 2018). Even while a balanced diet and good nutrition are important for health promotion, I do agree with you that some people cannot afford these things. Poor families, for instance, might not have access to high-quality, nutrient-dense foods, leaving them with little choice but to eat less expensive, highly processed foods that are bad for their health.