Numerous nursing theories have been developed to assist physicians in answering queries, offering solutions to problems, and describing a given phenomenon (Smith & Parker, 2015). However, the discipline similarly incorporates borrowed models to facilitate healthy living and providing quality care to patients. As such, non-nursing frameworks are conceptual contexts derived from different occupations used in the nursing domain (Thompson, 2016). Therefore, this paper discusses the application of non-nurse theory on the family nurse practitioners.
Application of Ecological System Theory in Family Nursing Program
Developed by Brunfenbrenner, ecological system theory is centered on a person as being part of and interacting with other environmental systems. Consequently, the model is based on the belief that people are continuously relating to their surrounding and are encircled by connections that can affect them in different ways (Hickey, Harrison & Sumsion, 2012). As a result, the concept is important in family nursing as it aid in understanding human development and ways of coping with the different stages of life such as aging.
Example of the Application of the Theory
The world is currently experiencing an increase in the number of aging population that needs sufficient care and this has resulted in family caregivers to provide for the elderly. As such, the burden associated with the process has led to various issues such as stress, emotional burden, and financial dependency leading to reduced quality of life. Therefore, family nurse practitioners can integrate the theory of ecological system to help people understand and cope with the liability that is linked with aging.
Non-nursing theories are important aspects of a nursing career as it helps the physicians to integrate theories from different disciplines to improve the health of their clients. Ecological system theory is a borrowed theory used by social workers such as family nursing practitioners to aid individuals to understand and cope with their current situations.
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