Community Nursing Practice: Theory, Skills and Issues

By Winsome St John; Helen Keleher | Go to book overview
Charlotte de Crespigny and Winsome St John
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WORKING WITH
COMMUNITY GROUPS
OverviewCommunity nurses provide both individual client care and group programs. They often work in situations where people's health is compromised by unfavourable circumstances, including poverty, poor literacy, social isolation, inadequate knowledge of health issues and a lack of personal or family resources (McMurray, 2003). A major strategy used by community nurses to address many of these issues is either facilitating clients' access to groups, or leading groups themselves. This chapter overviews key aspects of leading groups, and discusses how nurses can utilise them in their community practice. It describes the nature, purpose and types of groups in relation to the work that is undertaken by community nurses. Various types and functions of community groups in relation to health and wellbeing, and the relevance of such groups to effective community nursing, are discussed. There are examples of such groups, and key questions for readers to consider.ObjectivesWhen you have read this chapter, you should be able to understand:
the relevance of groups in community nursing practice;
various types of groups and purposes;
aspects of leading groups;
the need for evaluation of group processes.

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community, groups, leadership

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