Maria Jelyn Engelhardt-Parales
August 27, 2012
Community Health Nursing Reflection
Community health nursing practice aims to improve community health by promoting a healthier group of people, individuals, families, and residents within the community. The goal is to maintain, preserve, and promote health by providing information, education, teachings, and health care services to the population. The focus is on the collective good of the population by provision of health services to individuals, families, and residents of the community. The effect of working on individuals, families, aggregates, organizations or institutions within the community is promoting changes in health of its inhabitant, which consequently affect the entire community populations. Role of Community Health Nursing in Community
In the participating family’s community, the community health nurses are key players in helping residents make informed choices about their health. Nurses serve as educators, mentors, and vital sources of information about how to keep the families and community preserve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. They provide preventive health services, such as vaccinations, blood pressure checks, and maternal childcare. The community has classes for different types of health promotion and prevention topics twice a month at local community centers for new mothers, infection control, prevention of diseases through immunizations, and other related topics, such as proper body mechanics and prevention of injuries at work and home. The nurses serve as advocates for health concerns and issues the families have and present a complete report to Health Board using data from assessments conducted and make recommendations for interventions or strategic plans congruent to the culture, structure, status, competency, and common characteristics of its members. Important considerations, such as increase in number of young...