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Guidelines for the Family Free Writes and Brainstorm

From our course syllabus:

Early in the course, each student will write a 2-page open write on each of the following four topics:

1. Healthy Families

2. Family during Acute Care Experience

3. Family in Crisis or Trauma

4. Chronic Illness Experience

The free write is not an edited piece of work, but you must use one outside source. Please write down your thoughts, insights, stories, cases, examples, experiences and whatever comes to mind for that particular topic. I also encourage you to use the course competencies for thematic elements to your writing. Please upload the paper into the discussion thread posted for that purpose. Please read and respond to one student in your group when ideas are interesting and relate what you have learned from them. These are amazing and I am not satisfied to be the only one reading them! Thanks.

This free write is meant to help you access your deepest and most powerful feelings about family, as well as building on your past and your developing knowledge of family: academically, professionally, and personally.

The 2-page free write on healthy families, (for example, there are four categories) may include ideas gleaned from your text, stories from your childhood, something you read in the newspaper, a novel or poem, or an interaction you witnessed in the grocery story. The objective of the free write is to help you decide what most interests you in family health nursing and what literature you might use for your annotated bibliography and your final research work with a family. Examination of the course topics will organize your thoughts and focus your ideas on the desired outcomes of the learning you are doing.

As stated in the syllabus, this is not an edited piece of work. This material is rich in image, story and insight. The free write is meant in part to get in touch with this material. Thoughts from your readings may also be included and will spark new ideas unique to you. Use at least two references in your work for full points.

Please post your writing to the group discussion link under Family Free Write Brainstorm as indicated. Everyone in your group should have one response to the free write, though no references are necessary for your response.

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