Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Assessing Need

2.0 Assess family in the context of the event(s) to identify whether assistance is required by the nurse to strengthen and support the family. While a family assessment should include information in the following areas, it should be tailored to address the uniqueness of each family through examining:

  • Family perceptions of the event(s);
  • Family structure;
  • Environmental conditions; and
  • Family strengths.