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Public and Community Health Nursing Practice
A Population-Based Approach


© 2004 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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"This text is needed very badly—especially with advanced practice. Most graduate nursing programs focus on primary care and an important component of primary care is community health and public health issues. This book contains much needed information required for advanced nursing practice in primary care. I know of no other text so complete."

                            --Jacqueline Rhoads, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

"A very comprehensive approach to public health – community health. I feel that the content and direction are very much needed."

                              --Clair P. Millet, APRN, MN, CNS, Louisiana Office of Public Health

Public health practice focuses on the prevention of disease and disability as a means of promoting the health of individuals and their communities. Achieving this is dependent on nurses and public health practitioners implementing the core functions of practice—assessment, assurance, and policy development. Because the public health workforce is composed of individuals from a number of disciplines with varying areas of expertise, there is a clear need for a thorough examination of the core competencies necessary for successful public health based on community needs. Developed as an advanced text for students in public and community health nursing, Public and Community Health Nursing Practice presents a comprehensive summary of the core functions of population-based practice. This practice is the cornerstone of the Healthy People 2010 national objectives, and the foundation upon which the health of a given community may be ensured.

The book's population-based approach, theoretical content, and emphasis on evidence-based research are perfectly suited for faculty and students in nursing, public health, and behavioral medicine. Author Demetrius James Porche also includes current public health and nursing practice, making this a unique and indispensable reference for public and community health nurses and nursing administrators, as well as practitioners in other specialties, such as family or primary care nursing. The book also includes appendices, illustrations, tables, and chapter summaries that reiterate important public and community population-based health nursing content.

Topics Covered
  • Behavioral health and public health organizations 
  • Community health nursing leadership 
  • Community-level interventions and development 
  • Cultural competence 
  • Environmental and community assessments 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Population-based public health 
  • Program monitoring, evaluation, and improvement 
  • Program planning 
  • Public health policy, law, and ethics 
  • Public health research 
  • Public health systems and infrastructure

Key Features: 

  • Demonstrates and emphasizes the population- and evidence-based approach
  • Includes Healthy People 2010 objectives, with an emphasis on primary prevention and health promotion 
  • Contains abundant pedagogical features, including brief chapter overviews and introductions, key terms highlighted and defined in text, and chapter summaries highlighting key points 
  • Provides eight appendices that include a number of important resources, such as Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, Healthy People 2010 Goals & Objectives, and an epidemiological glossary
 
PART I. A POPULATION BASED FRAMEWORK FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE
 
1. Population-Based Public Health Practice
 
2. Public Health System
 
3. Epidemiology: Population-Based Data
 
4. Behavioral Health Theories
 
PART II. PUBLIC HEALTH-COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK
 
5. Behavioral Assessment
 
6. Public Health Organizational Assessment
 
7. Environmental Health Assessment
 
8. Community Assessment & Analysis
 
PART III. PUBLIC HEALTH-COMMUNITY HEALTH INTERVENTIONS & PROGRAM PLANNING
 
9. Cultural Competence
 
10. Community Development
 
11. Community-Level Interventions
 
12. Public Health-Community Health Program Planning
 
PART IV. PUBLIC HEALTH MONITORING, EVALUATION, QUALITY IMPROVEMENT, OUTCOME MEASURES, & EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE
 
13. Program Monitoring & Evaluation
 
14. Performance Measurement & Improvement
 
15. Public Health Research
 
16. Evidence-Based Public Health Practice
 
PART V. PUBLIC HEALTH-COMMUNITY HEALTH LEADERSHIP & ADMINISTRATION
 
17. Public Health-Community Health Leadership
 
18. Communication, Collaboration, Negotiation, & Conflict
 
19. Public Health-Community Health Decisional & Causal Analysis
 
20. Fiscal & Human Resource Management
 
21. Public Health Informatics
 
PART VI. PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY, LAW, & ETHICS
 
22. Public Health Policy & Politics
 
23. Process of Public Health Policy Development
 
24. Public Health Policy Formulation, Implementation, & Modification
 
25. Public Health Policy Analysis & Evaluation
 
26. Public Health Law & the Legal System
 
27. Scope of Public Health Law
 
28. Public Health Ethics
 
APPENDICES
 
A. Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals
 
B. Healthy People 2010 Goals & Objectives
 
C. Epidemiological Glossary
 
D. Community-Based Organization Assessment
 
E. Hazardous Environmental Agents, Routes of Entry, & Symptoms
 
F. Integrated Community Assessment Process & Tool
 
G. List of Selected Public Health Laws
 
H. List of Resources

"This text is needed very badly—especially with advanced practice. Most graduate nursing programs focus on primary care and an important component of primary care is community health and public health issues. This book contains much needed information required for advanced nursing practice in primary care. I know of no other text so complete."

Jacqueline Rhoads
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

"A very comprehensive approach to public health – community health. I feel that the content and direction are very much needed."

Clair P. Millet, APRN, MN, CNS
Louisiana Office of Public Health
Key features
  • A population- and evidence-based approach.
  • Inclusion of Healthy People 2010 objectives, with an emphasis on primary prevention and health promotion.
  • Abundant pedagogical features: brief chapter overviews and introductions, key terms highlighted and defined in text, and chapter summaries highlighting key points in bulleted format for easy student review, followed by references for further reading.
  • Eight appendices providing readers with an abundance of resources (e.g., Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, Healthy People 2010 Goals & Objectives, an epidemiological glossary, etc.), making this book of value as a reference that students and professionals can turn to long after the course is over.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Ch 1 Population-Based Public Health Practice


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