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A Textbook of Community Nursing

Edited by Sue Chilton, Heather Bain, Ann Clarridge, Karen Melling

© 2013 – Routledge

304 pages

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Paperback: 9781444121506
pub: 2012-04-27
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A Textbook of Community Nursing is a comprehensive and evidence-based introduction covering the full range of professional issues, including community nursing roles, personal safety, public health, and health promotion.

This is an essential text for all pre-registration nursing students, students on specialist community nursing courses, and qualified nurses entering community practice for the first time.

  • Completely up-to-date with current theory, policy, and guidelines for practice, all chapters are underpinned by a strong evidence base
  • User-friendly and accessible, with learning objectives for each chapter, plus exercises and activities to test current understanding, promote reflective practice, and encourage further reading
  • Case studies and examples from practice draw on all branches of community nursing to illustrate practical application of theory


"Any nurse in the community, or contemplating a move into community-based nursing, would be well advised to study this book. It maps the territory, explores the professional requirements, and shares the wisdom and learning of expert practitioners … It will help the community novice to chart a safe course across some of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding waters in a nursing career."

—Rosemary Cook CBE, Director, Queens Nursing Institute

Table of Contents

Nursing in a Community Environment

Public Health and The Promotion of Well Being

Professional Approaches to Care

Managing Risk

Therapeutic Relationships

Care across the Lifespan

Community Nursing Assessment

Careers—The Keystone of Communities and Families

Spirituality—A Neglected Aspect of Care

Collaborative Working: Benefits and Barriers

Approaches to Acute Care in the Community

Emerging Issues in Long Term Conditions

Providing Quality in End of Life Care

Organization and Management of Care

Clinical Leadership And Quality Care

Learning and Teaching in the Community


Development of Community Nursing in the Context of Changing Times

About the Editors

Sue Chilton, Senior Lecturer in Health, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester, UK; Community Staff Nurse, Evening District Nursing Service, Gloucestershire Care Services

Karen Melling, former Senior Lecturer, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester, UK

Reverend Ann Clarridge, MSc BSc (Hons) Dip Th PCCEA RN DN Assistant Priest, Holy Trinity Church, Northwood, Diocese of Willesden; former Principal Lecturer, London SouthBank University

Heather Bain, Lecturer, Health Studies, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen; Chair of the Association of District Nurse Educators

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General
MEDICAL / Nursing / General
MEDICAL / Public Health