Nur 405 Evolution Of Community And Public

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Evolution of Community and Public Health Nursing

Identify a minimum of 3 major events (or influences) in the evolution of community and public health nursing and describe how each event led to advancement of the field. For each event, describe the following:

Key health issues at the time
Perspectives and goals of community and public health nursing
Roles and functions of community and public health nursing
Community and public health partnerships at the time

|Event or Influence: World War I |
|Key health issues |Infectious and parasitic diseases, ...view middle of the document...

Following the efforts of a private physician, social |
| |welfare agencies, and a Red Cross nurse, the county board created the public health nurse’s position, which |
| |began in 1922” (Keller & Strohschein, 2012, p. 29). |
|How did this event (or influence) advance community and public health nursing? |
|Well baby clinics were held to provide infants with immunizations, and educate families with infants about providing appropriate care for |
|infants. Also, the public was vaccinated for typhoid fever after an epidemic occurred which prevented a much larger population from being |
|afflicted with the disease. |

|Event or Influence: Economic depression and the rise of hospitals |
|Key health issues |Newborn, postpartum, infectious diseases and care of the elderly were key health issues. |
|Perspective/goals |Provide quality care for the community within the home. |
|Role/functions |Funding became scarce and difficulties arose when nursing care was needed for bedside care and preventative |
| |care. Keller & Strohschein, 2012, notes that “One solution was the “combination service”—the merger of sick |
| |care services and preventive services into one comprehensive agency, most often administered through local |
| |health departments” (p. 32). |
|Health partnerships |“Although each nursing agency was unique and services varied from region to region, voluntary VNAs tended to |
| |emphasize care of the sick, whereas official public health agencies provided more preventive services” ( |
| |Keller & Strohschein, 2012, p. 32). |
|How did this event (or influence) advance community and public health nursing? |
|The nurses received government funding to allow...

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