Community Health Nursing Reflection

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Community Health Nursing Reflection
August 7, 2012

Community Health Nursing Reflection
According to Phyllis Meadows (2009), “Community health nurses are valued for their adaptability and willingness to provide care in many settings, including community health clinics, churches, homeless shelters, and schools,” (p. 19). Community health nurses aim to improve health outcomes and improve the infrastructure used to monitor and manage disease within the community. Healthy People 2020 has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time to improve health outcomes. Each community has unique needs and the role of the community health nurse is to work with and provide comprehensive care to patients within the community. This
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These factors can create barriers for a community nurse in providing care for individuals and addressing the needs of the community. Because of diverse populations it is important that community nurses develop cultural competence and are educated and prepared to address these differences within the community.
Nursing diagnosis and interventions appropriate to use within this community include: Nutritional deficiency related to lack of access to grocery stores. Interventions may include nutritional assessment, identification and referrals to help resources (e.g., WIC or assistance office), and education regarding appropriate foods needed to meet nutritional needs. A diagnosis of risk for fluid volume deficit related to farming during high temperatures includes interventions such as educating and emphasizing the need for adequate fluid intake during times of increased activities and high temperatures and how to recognize signs of dehydration. Nursing interventions for a diagnosis of risk for injury related to work environment/occupation or environmental wastes may include educating on proper body mechanics and ensuring equipment in use is working properly and individuals are trained how to use such equipment. Another diagnosis of risk of poisoning related to chemicals associated with place of employment, high possibility of drinking water contamination, and presence of lead paint. Nursing interventions for this diagnosis can include labeling chemicals
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