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Professional nurses work in various
environments such as hospitals, community centers, clinics, schools,
and government health agencies. Nurses are important to areas where
healthcare is not easily accessible. The professional nurse’s role
in strengthening community health is to provide consultation,
treatment, education, and illness prevention. Nurses provide
treatment to patients, offer education to individuals about
maintaining their health so that they can decrease the complications
of chronic condition, occurrences of diseases and deaths. Nurses also
plan educational training, provides resources, conduct health
screenings, dispense medications and administer immunizations.

As
a nurse I provide education and training on medication administration
and adherence which is an important aspect of health-promotion. I
also distribute health-related items and resources related to
prevention like condoms, pregnancy test, information on infectious
and sexually transmitted diseases, obesity, poor nutrition, substance
abuse, smoking, and mental health. I conduct health assessments,
health counseling, create individualized health care plans, and
encourage physical activity. I make referrals and follow-up for
suspected or confirmed health problems. develop management for
chronic and acute health conditions, and perform vision, hearing,
scoliosis, and growth and development screenings. “Prevention can
be achieved through counseling from primary care providers designed
to change people’s unhealthy behaviors related to smoking, alcohol
and other drug use, lack of exercise, poor nutrition, injuries, and
sexually transmitted infections,” ( Black, 2017). I educate
individuals on how to prevent, recognize, and report communicable
diseases.

The
concept of health promotion was developed to highlight the
community-based practice of health promotion, community
participation, and health promotion practice based on social and
health policies. This has improved the availability of health-care
services, reduced symptoms of chronic diseases, increased
cost-effectiveness and enhanced customers’ experiences of health-care
services. Nurses play an important role in promoting public health.
Health promotion by nurses can lead to many positive health outcomes
including adherence, quality of life, patients’ knowledge of their
illness and self-management

References

Black, B. P. (2017).
Professional nursing: concepts & challenges. Maryland Heights,
MO: Elsevier/Saunders.

The Nurse’s Role in
Community Health: NSU Online. (2017, September 20). Retrieved from
https://nursingonline.nsuok.edu/articles/rnbsn/nur…

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As a nurse, one of our responsibilities is helping in the community.
Community health nursing is important in keeping healthcare available
to many patients. Community health nursing is a discipline that
incorporates evidenced-based research along with advances in science
and new approaches for improving the health. The practice takes into
consideration the cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds of the
people in the community to ensure appropriate interaction and
sensitivity when working with them. (“The nurse’s role in
community health”, 2017)

Community
health nursing is important for the health of the general community.
It promotes wellness and works toward prevention of diseases. The
primary role of community health nurses is to provide treatment to
patients. Additionally, community health nurses offer education to
community members about maintaining their health so that they can
decrease the occurrence of diseases and deaths. They plan educational
assemblies, hand -out fliers, conduct health screenings, dispense
medications and administer immunizations. (“The nurse’s role in
community health”, 2017)

Nurses
are vital in keeping community health available to the community. As
a nurse, I can impact community health by volunteering on my time
off, educating patients and the general community about wellness and
prevention, etc. Some nurses volunteer by using their medical
knowledge to promote health in the community. Others provide health
screenings at community events, give advice on diet or exercise, and
educate the public on the importance of hand washing and
vaccinations. Nurses everywhere help improve community health in
their capacity as engaged community members. (Fishman, 2019)

References

Fishman, N. (2019, December 27). How
nurses are caring for their communities.
Retrieved
from
https://www.rwjf.org/en/blog/2017/05/how-nurses-ar…

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The
nurse’s role in community health: NSU Online.
(2017,
September 20). Retrieved

from
https://nursingonline.nsuok.edu/articles/rnbsn/nurses-role-in-community-

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