Community Nursing Practice: Theory, Skills and Issues

By Winsome St John; Helen Keleher | Go to book overview
Winsome St John
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CONTEXT AND ROLES IN
COMMUNITY NURSING PRACTICE
OverviewThis chapter introduces and explores the nature of community nursing roles and the context of community nurses' work. It also presents a theoretical overview that will provide a foundation for the areas explored in more detail throughout this book.ObjectivesWhen you have read this chapter, you should be able to:
describe the nature of community nursing practice;
review the roles and characteristics of the community nurse;
describe the context of community nursing practice;
identify underpinning theoretical and conceptual bases for community nursing.

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community, community nurse, community health nurse, community-based nursing, community practice


Introduction

Practice in the community is diverse, stimulating and challenging. Although community nurses usually work for health agencies, they are often required to be independent practitioners, working and making decisions about their practice alone. Community practice requires nurses to use many clinical, communication, research, teaching and

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