Community Focused Nursing Assessment : Assessment, Diagnosis, And Evaluation

701 Words Nov 19th, 2016 3 Pages
The nursing process consists of five steps which are known as assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. "Most nurses are familiar with the nursing process as it applies to individually focused nursing care" (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2014, p.218). The nursing process can also be used to promote the health of the community which makes it community focused instead of individually focused. Community-oriented nursing practice 's main goal is to prevent disease and promote health. This type of nursing practice promotes health care of the community by developing a community diagnosis to determine what conditions need to be changed for the community to stay healthy. "This process of decision making results in the optimal health care for the clients to whom the nurse applies the process" (www.scribd.com). Community-focused nursing assessment "is the process of critically thinking about the community" (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2014, p. 218). The client is defined by three dimensions known as place, people, and function. Residents of the community are the people. Geographic boundaries and time dimensions refers to place; community activities pertains to the function. The assessment portion helps the nurse identify the problem in the community. For the nurse to solve the problem, the nurse must recognize the community 's strengths and resources that are available. Identifying community needs, clarifying problems and identifying strengths/resources are ways the…

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