Importance Of Community Settings For Family Health Nurses

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Community Settings for Family Health Nurses
Family nurses work in a number of diverse settings, including schools, occupational sites, public health departments, physician offices, family homes, and community nursing centers. Even though the populations vary with each setting, the family nurse uses the same concepts and principles altering them to fit the needs of each family or group. In the community, the role of the family nurse is to educate, promote health, prevent disease, and influence policy. To accomplish this, it is essential that the nurse understands the needs of the family by performing a thorough assessment and including them when planning interventions (Rowe Kaakinen, Padgett Coehlo, Steel, Tabacco, & Harmon Hanson, 2015). In this paper, I will discuss how nurses function in various facilities, how patients access these resources, and how they benefit from these resources. I will also examine three roles that the family health nurse performs in these community settings.
Nurse Home Visiting Programs
Columbus, Ohio has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, and the rates of death for black babies is two to three times higher than that of white babies (City of Columbus Public Health, n.d.). To help decrease these statistics, all counties participate in a home visiting program called Help Me Grow. In this program like many others, the nurse’s role is to visit with
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Early roles included treatment, health promotion, and disease prevention. Today, nurses collaborate with other entities to advocate, organize communities, collect and analyze data, facilitate referrals and write public policy (Kulbok, Thatcher, Park, & Meszaros, 2012). Three roles of the community health nurse that I will discuss is family and community assessment, community statistical analysis, and policy development.
Family and Community

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