Public health: a new nursing role for community practitioners

Hoskins, R. (2000) Public health: a new nursing role for community practitioners. British Journal of Community Nursing, 5(5), pp. 246-253.

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This article discusses the six key activities identified by the Royal College of Nursing (1994) as essential ingredients for public health nursing. Examples of public health practice and community nurse involvement are given to illustrate each activity. Public health skills such as health profiling, building healthy alliances and policy development are outlined. Current barriers to community nurses participating in these activities are identified and models of public health practice are reviewed. The potential for a radical transformation of community nursing practice is discussed in the context of an expanding the public health role of community nurses in Scotland. Options for future practice are presented and discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hoskins, Mr Robert
Authors: Hoskins, R.
Subjects:R Medicine > RT Nursing
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Nursing and Health Care
Journal Name:British Journal of Community Nursing

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