Community and Public Health Nursing Reflection
July 8, 2013
Professor Cindy Januale RN, MSN
In the Young’s neighborhood the community is family and community centered. The community nurse and their partners and the individuals of the community come together for the greater good of the community. The neighborhood health clinic offers free immunizations as long as he individuals bring a copy of their shot records. The community also holds annual health fairs to update and provide any services needed. Various annual events are held and citizens participate, this allows them to better them-selves and the community. The community deals with cultural diversity on a day to day basis. A young mother’s 3-month old son dies after a week of suffering from pertussis. Due to her medical phobia, she has refused vaccinations for her child, because she had negative feelings toward them. She believed that certain vaccinations could cause her child to develop autism. Thimerosal is a vaccination that has been connected to the rising incidence of autism. That particular vaccination has been removed from vaccinations except the flu vaccine. Because of time constraints for obtaining a court order, to overturn her decision, her wishes had to be honored. If the mother had had a better understanding of the vaccinations her child could have had the chance to survive. During my investigations of the community there were no epidemiological influences evident within the Young’s’ community. According to Stanhope & Lancaster (2012), Periodic health surveys as well as examinations are conducted periodically. Health status and behaviors of the population are provided by these surveys. There are a variety of surveys, for example there is the “National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), and several National Health Care Surveys including the National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS), the National...
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