Aim: To identify key elements required to develop and implement a partnership, health mentoring model for families with children who have disabilities and to identify the impact on the families and nurse partners. Methods: The cycles of action research have been used to plan, assess, act and reflect on this project and to generate change. Purposive sampling attracted participants: 40 nursing students, 27 families and two lecturers over three years. Results: A partnership approach resulted in: identification of health issues; family strengths; health goals; and the development of resources for each family. Evaluation indicated increased coping and wellness in families and enhanced skills and confidence in students working with families. Conclusions: The HELP Model is an approach that empowers families, nursing students and lecturers in a mutually beneficial manner. It has the capacity to build community capacity and through education and access to resources. This model can be expanded to include the interdisciplinary health team and be extended to other universities.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Event||International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSID) World Congress - Halifax, Nova Scotia|
Duration: 09 Jul 2012 → 14 Jul 2012
|Conference||International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSID) World Congress|
|Period||09/07/12 → 14/07/12|