1st Edition

Community Nursing Practice Theory, skills and issues

By Winsome St John Copyright 2006
    448 Pages
    by Routledge

    448 Pages
    by Routledge

    Community practice is a stimulating and diverse field of nursing. Community nurses often work without direct support from other health professionals and need, not only excellent clinical skills, but also skills in communication, research and health promotion.

    Community Nursing Practice offers a thorough introduction to the role of the community nurse. Based on principles of primary health care, it outlines the theory, knowledge and skills required to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, groups, and even whole communities.

    The contributors make a point of articulating knowledge that is often taken for granted among experienced practitioners. Community Nursing Practice is based on the premise that community nursing is a specialist field of nursing practice in its own right, and nurses require a specific body of knowledge to work effectively in a community setting - no matter what their clinical focus or location.

    Contributors outline the foundations of community practice, including principles of disease prevention and wellness promotion, as well as a social model of health. Together with the skills required for work with different population groups, the contribution of research is explored. Professional skills including program management, advocacy, teamwork, home visiting and self management are also covered.

    With contributions from leading nurse educators and researchers, Community Nursing Practice is richly illustrated with case studies and examples from a variety of practice settings. It is an essential student text and valuable professional reference.



    1: Context and roles in community nursing practice - Winsome St John

    2: Social perspectives on health - Helen Keleher

    3: Population health issues in Australia - Helen Keleher

    4: Historical nursing responses to community health needs in Australia - Helen Keleher


    5: Community assessment for health - Winsome St John + Helen Keleher

    6: Epidemiology - Erica James

    7: Health screening - Winsome St John

    8: Health promotion - Elizabeth Patterson

    9: Health teaching - Elizabeth Patterson

    10: Community development in health - Helen Keleher

    11: Research and evidence for community nursing practice - Judy Wollin + Winsome St John + Helen Keleher


    12: Community projects and program planning - Helen Keleher + Winsome St J


    Winsome St John (PhD, FRCNA) is Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University and a Member of the Gold Coast District Health Council. She has over 30 years of experience as a clinician, educator and researcher.

    Helen Keleher (BMA, PhD) is Professor of Health Science at Monash University, Peninsula campus. She has extensive experience in health promotion and health policy and holds an appointment to the Women and Gender Equity Knowledge Network of the World Health Organisation's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health.