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Traditionally, Community health nurse role is to focus on nursing care for acute and chronic conditions outside the usual hospital setting, primarily involving restorative care. Now, community health nursing involves health promotion of individuals and families, providing care in settings such as occupational or educational systems (Green, 2018). Moreover, they plan educational assemblies, hand-out fliers, conduct health screenings, dispense medications and administer immunizations. They also help in distributing health-related items like condoms and pregnancy tests. Obesity, poor nutrition, substance abuse, smoking, teen pregnancy and infection control are some of the health issue that community health nurses helps to eradicate.
Community health nurse in collaboration with community stakeholders of a given population helps to address their social determinant of health. The nurse assess a population to identify health risks and disparities , and determine health service needs, and locate health care assets and resources to support health and quality of life improvements (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2014. Green, 2018). It is important to evaluate the community resources as these resources provide better living style as well as embracing the things which can provide them aid and healing.
According to article eating disorder hope, “Recovery & Life Integrated”, Using community resources during treatment are necessary because it introduces the client to normal and new practices. Assets refer to the skills, talents, and abilities of individuals as well as resources that local institution contribute to the community. Clients break out of their comfort zones through introduction to new habits, engaging their talents and exploring previously suppressed social, cultural, and intellectual pursuits. Some of the things that can serve as a community resource are clothing shops for those with eating disorder: library and internet access, transportation system, bike, and walking path where city residents can exercise. It can also be need for clean water, food, or access to healthcare (Murphy,2019).
Green, s.(2018). Community and Public Health: The Future of Health Care. Retrieved from: http://lc.gcumedia.com/nrs427vn/community-and-public-health-the-future-of-health-care/v1.1/#/chapter/1
Ekerns J. (2015). Eating Disorder Hope. Retrieved from https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/recovery/self-help-tools-skills-tips/the-importance-of-using-community-resources-in-treatment
Murphy, F. (6th Ed.) (2019). Community Engagement, Organization, and Development for Public Health Practice. New York: Springer.