Nursing (NURS) 436

Family Health Promotion (Revision 5)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 4

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: Post RN BN program students: Prerequisite/co-requisite: NURS 328.
Post LPN BN program students:
Prerequisite/co-requisite: NURS 328 and NURS 250.

Precluded Course: NURS 436 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for NURS 479.

Faculty: Faculty of Health Disciplines

Centre: Centre for Nursing and Health Studies

NURS 436 is not available for Challenge.

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In Nursing 436: Family Health Promotion students build on the concepts of health promotion and primary health care introduced in Nursing 434 and apply them to family health promotion nursing practice. There is an opportunity to explore the meaning of family from your own experience, the experience of others, and in relation to theoretical and statistical perspectives on family. Assessment of family health across the lifespan using various theoretical frameworks and family nursing assessment models is introduced. A collaborative process among health professionals, patients, and families that is strength-based is suggested to empower families in health promotion initiatives. The importance of a more family-centred care approach across different areas of nursing practice is highlighted. You are invited to choose frameworks or models that resonate with you to support your work in completing learning activities that are part of the five units in the course. You are encouraged to dialogue with classmates and course tutors through asynchronous discussion forums. The three course assignments guide you to reflect further on family nursing practice and family health promotion. Actively participating and engaging in discussion in this course will broaden your knowledge and challenge your attitudes

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Explain the meaning of family from experiential, theoretical, and statistical perspectives in how family has been and is defined.
  • Discuss family nursing assessment models that can be applied in nursing practice.
  • Explain the relationship between health promotion and family nursing practice.
  • Discuss the meaning of family centered-care in nursing practice.
  • Describe how social and political realities affect health care outcomes of families.

Course Structure

  • Unit 1: Significance of Family
  • Unit 2: Family Health Assessment Process
  • Unit 3: Health Promotion and Family Nursing Practice
  • Unit 4: Family-Centred Care
  • Unit 5: Family Nursing Practice and Family Health Promotion: Policy Implications


To receive credit for NURS 436, you must complete and submit all of the required assignments and achieve an overall grade of at least “C” (64%). Effective January 1, 2010, all papers submitted must follow the Publication Manual by the American Psychological Association, current edition (6th edition).

The assignments and weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignments Value
Assignment 1: Definition of Family 25%
Assignment 2: Genogram & Ecomap 25%
Assignment 3: Exploring Values & Beliefs 30%
Assignment 4: Conference Participation 20%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Kaakinen, J. R., Coehlo, D. P., Steele, R., Tabacco, A., & Hanson, S. N. H. (2014). Family health care nursing. Theory, practice and research (5th ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 5, July 12, 2016.

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