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Empowerment in assisting families

As a nurse in a migrant health clinic, the community health nurse is finding reoccurrence of head lice among the children. Living conditions for the migrant workers are such that three or four young children sleep together on one mattress. There are however, running water and treatment shampoo available.

1. How might the nurse use the concept of empowerment in assisting families to deal with the recurring infestations with head lice?

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1. As a nurse in a migrant health clinic, the community health nurse is finding reoccurrence of head lice among the children. Living conditions for the migrant workers are such that three or four young children sleep together on one mattress. There are however, running water and treatment shampoo available. How might the nurse use the concept of empowerment in assisting families to deal with the recurring infestations with head lice?

Empowerment is the concept of encouraging individual's to make her or his own decision. It is about empowering the family through nurse-family interaction that results in the family being motivated to take change of the situation e.g., make their own choices about these lice epidemics and they realizing that they have the ability to take specific steps to take charge of this situation (e.g., recurring infestations with head lice). However, knowledge is empowering, so the nurse also needs to provide information and teach the family how to deal effectively with the situation.

So, how can a nurse empower and motivate the family? There are three simple things that you can do every single day to empower others and make them feel good about themselves, which help to motivate people to make changes and to take charge of their own lives, including the recurring manifestations of ...

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This solutions explains how the nurse might use the concept of empowerment in assisting families to deal with the recurring infestations with head lice.

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