Now more than ever–locally, nationally, globally–society is in need of community health services. This book emphasizes the application of community health nursing as it relates to specific populations, settings, and community health problems. Theoretically and scientifically sound, as well as practical and applicable, this resource is a thorough introduction to the specialty. Unit I sets the stage for practice by describing the context in which community health nursing occurs. Unit II examines community health nursing as a specialized area of practice, exploring its population focus and the attributes and features making it unique. Unit III presents common processes used in community health nursing. Unit IV examines community health nursing care provided to special population groups. Unit V presents community health nursing practice in specialized settings. Finally, Unit VI focuses on community health nursing practice related to common population health problems. For nurse generalists–who need to function in any setting, providing care to individuals, families, communities, and population groups.
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Mary Jo Clark, PhD, RN, PHN has been practicing and teaching community health nursing for 40 years. After completing her BSN degree at the University of San Francisco, she received her introduction to global community health nursing as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Vita, India, a rural town with a population of about 3,000. Returning to the United States, Dr. Clark employed her cross-cultural expertise as a Public Health Nurses in the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. In 1973, she became a pediatric nurse practitioner, and later began teaching community health nursing at East Tennessee State University. She completed a masters degree in community health nursing at Texas Women’s University and a PhD in nursing at the University of Texas at Austin. Moving with her Army nurse husband to Augusta, Georgia, she taught graduate and undergraduate community health at the Medical College of Georgia. For the past 20 years, Dr. Clark has taught at baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels at the University of San Diego, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. In addition to her full-time teaching and writing, Dr. Clark has maintained an active community health nursing practice. She is well known in the community health nursing field and has provided consultation and made presentations across the country and overseas. Her many and varied experiences in community health nursing in the United States and abroad form the core of the material presented in this book.
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