Family Genetic History

NR 305 Week 3 Family Genetic History


Family Genetic History

Guidelines and Grading Rubric


This assignment is to help you gain insight regarding the influence of genetics on an individual’s health and risk for disease. You are to obtain a family genetic history on a willing, nonrelated, adult participant.

Course Outcomes

This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes:

CO #3: Utilize effective communication when performing a health assessment. (PO #3)

CO #5: Explore the professional responsibilities involved in conducting a comprehensive health assessment and providing appropriate documentation. (PO #6)


This assignment is worth a total of 100 points.

Due Date

The Family Genetic History Assignment is to be submitted at the end of Week 3. There is a MS Word document form in Doc Sharing that you need to download, fill in, and submit to the Family Genetic History Dropbox by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 3. Post questions to the weekly Q & A Forum. Contact your instructor if you need additional assistance. See the Course Policies regarding late assignments. Failure to submit your paper to the Dropbox on time may result in a deduction of points.


When taking a family genetic history on an actual client, it is essential that the information is accurate. Please inform the person you are interviewing that they do NOT need to disclose information that they wish to keep confidential. If the adult participant decides not to share information, please write, “Does not want to disclose.”


  1. Refer to the examples in Chapter 4 of your textbook that discuss development of a genogram.
  2. Download the NR305_Family_Genetic_History_Form from Doc Sharing. You will document the adult participant’s family genetic history using this MS Word document.
  3. Complete the family genetic history using the information that the adult participant is willing to share with you. The focus of this course is on the normal “healthy” individual so your paper does not need to contain much medical/nursing detail. Refer to your textbook or the Internet to learn what impact the family’s health history may have on the adult participant’s personal state of wellness both now and in the future.

This paper does not require APA formatting, but you are expected to write clearly and use proper grammar and spelling.

Developing a pictorial genogram using symbols to identify certain relationships (e.g., divorced, sibling, deceased, etc.), may provide more insight, however, drawing may be difficult to accomplish with MS Word, therefore you are not expected to use symbols, lines, or other drawing elements. Instead, describe the relationships among the various people in the adult participant’s family’s genetic history. Remember, the goal is not to learn how to draw with Word, but to gather information about the family and recognize its significance to the adult participant and that person’s health.

  1. Save the completed form by clicking on “Save as” and add your last name to the file name, e.g., “NR305_Family_Genetic_History_Form_Smith”.
  2. Submit the completed form to the Family Genetic History basket in the Dropbox by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 3. Please post questions about this assignment to the weekly Q & A Forums so the entire class may view the answers.


Grading Criteria

Category Points % Description
Family Genetic History 35 35 Develop a family genetic history that includes the adult participant’s grandparents, parents, the adult participant, the adult participant’s spouse or significant other, and any children that the adult participant may have. You do NOT need to use symbols or other drawing elements, but instead describe each person mentioned and their relationships.
Evaluation of Family Genetic History 25 25 Evaluate the impact of the family’s history on the adult participant’s health. For example, if the mother and both her sisters have diabetes, hypertension or cancer, what might that mean for the future health of the adult participant?
Planning for Future Wellness 35 35 Plan changes based on the evaluation of the adult participant’s family genetic history that will promote an optimal level of wellness both now and in the future.
Scholarly writing 5 5 Use proper grammar, spelling, and medical language.
Total 100 pts 100% A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.


Grading Rubric

Assignment Criteria AOutstanding or highest level of performance BVery good or high level of performance CCompetent or satisfactory level of performance FPoor or failing or unsatisfactory level of performance
Family Genetic History(35 pts) All required criteria included; no errors(32–35 points) Three or four generations included in the history; information is provided about each person but lacks detail about relationships and/or health information(29–31 points) Two generations included; no relationships described or no health information provided(26–28 points) No history or fewer than two generations included; no relationships described or no health information provided(0–25 points)
Evaluation of Family Genetic History(25 pts) Evaluation complete; thoroughly covers all required elements(23–25 points) Evaluation addresses only two of apparent health risks within the history(21–22 points) Evaluation addresses only one of apparent health risks within the history(19–20 points) Evaluation missing(0–18 points)
Planning for Future Wellness(35 pts) Plan for wellness incorporates all areas of risk within the family genetic history, demonstrating critical thinking; answered all required questions(32–35 points) Plan for wellness demonstrated basic understanding of the family genetic history; answered all but one of the required questions(29–31 points) Plan for wellness demonstrated basic understanding of the family genetic history answered two of the required questions(26–28 points) Plan for wellness does not demonstrate basic understanding of the family genetic history or is missing(0–25 points)
Scholarly writing(5 pts) No grammar, spelling, or syntax errors. Writes in complete sentences.(5 points) No more than two errors of any type(4 points) Three or more errors of any type(3 points) APA, grammar, spelling and/or punctuation contain multiple errors(0–2 points)
Total Points Possible = 100 points