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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

The Maverick Family

Page address: http://ahn.mnsu.edu/nursing/institute/research/maverickfamilyproject.html

by Dr. Angela Christian and Dr. Stacey Van Gelderen

Student NursesThe nursing profession can play a key role in improving health outcomes by adapting the manner in which education is delivered to nursing students. It is necessary for nursing education to shift the focus of care delivery from the individual to the entire family unit. The Maverick Family project will facilitate this educational evolution through the development of a standardized family that can be utilized through the entire nursing curriculum. This standardized family will have intentional placement of various medical conditions, psychological concerns and family constructs within different healthcare settings. This will allow School of Nursing educators and students to focus on the family through experiences that occur across the lifespan.