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This text presents foundational concepts pivotal to delivering nursing care in the community setting, with specific attention to the NLN competencies for community-based nursing care. The author examines the variety of settings and situations in which the community-based nurse provides care, highlighting cultural diversities in the patient populations, and emphasizing interactions between the individual and the family. This edition includes more information on disaster management and communicable diseases and expanded, updated Medicare/Medicaid guidelines.

A companion Website on thePoint will include student activities, assessment guidelines, and forms. Instructors will have access to an Instructor's Manual, PowerPoint slides, and an expanded testbank.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Mary Ellen Wurzbach
This is an introduction to community-based nursing, which is a hybrid of community health (public health) and home healthcare concepts. The purposes of the book are to give an informative and experiential introduction to nursing care in the community, to illustrate the variety of settings and situations in which the community-based nurse gives care, to clarify the cultural diversification of the community in which nurses provide quality care, and to integrate the importance of the individual to the family and the family to the individual. The book is written simply for beginning students of community-based care. It is based on the content of a course the authors have taught for 13 years. It is well written, with pertinent and current references and a very brief table of contents. The professional appearance of the book is bolstered by numerous unique pedagogical features such as learning activities, client case studies, critical thinking exercises, practical applications, community-based nursing care guidelines, community-based teaching guidelines, research related to community-based practice, and assessment guides. This textbook about community-based nursing care combines concepts of community health nursing and home healthcare nursing. Unfortunately, the book is too short to give more than a superficial explanation of either public health or home health care. It was originally a manual for an actual course and as such the unique features listed above with the simple explanations would be helpful for beginning students. I would recommend the book's purchase, if used with beginning students, emphasizing the case studies and exercises, and supplemented with other texts.
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Reviewer: Patricia Kane Frermann, MSN/ED, RN (Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center)
Description: As healthcare becomes more community focused and reimbursement changes, nurses need to keep abreast of current standards for community nursing. This book delivers on the title's promise, providing a general overview of this field. Clearly written, it is easy to understand and follow, and provides tools and critical thinking scenarios that will be of great value in preparing student nurses. The previous edition was published in 2009.
Purpose: The book was written to meet the changing curriculum needs for nursing. As community health becomes more of a focus of future care, new nurses need to be prepared to work in settings outside the hospital. Many students do not understand the community-based setting of nursing and "dread" (according to one of my recent students) going into questionable areas and homes. This book introduces them to the importance of community and family in healthcare. The author meets the objectives she set forth: to restructure curriculum and to prepare student nurses for the future of our profession.
Audience: The author, who has over 30 years of experience in community health, states this book is intended to prepare students for the "diversified field of nursing." With 20 years' experience as a community-based nurse and 10 years as an instructor, I found this book very worthwhile.
Features: The book takes the time to introduce students to community-based nursing, from basic concepts to the skills needed to be an effective healthcare provider. Students are introduced to the wide range of patients and the diversity of cultures found in community care. Illustrations depict different communities and activities within communities to provide a deeper understanding of how a community impacts its population. The different practice settings that are illustrated are helpful, as are the glossary and the samples of assessment tools. The book touches on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, an important topic.
Assessment: The layout, illustrations, and sample assessment tools make this a very good book for student nurses. As nursing and healthcare continue to become more community-based, it is important to keep up with current standards in the field, thus the need for frequent new editions.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781772471
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


1: Overview of Community Based Nursing

2: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3: Culture Care

4: Family Care


5: Assessment: Individual, Family and Population

6: Health Teaching

7: Continuity of Care: Discharge Planning and Case Management


8: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Maternal/Infant Populations, Children, and Adolescents

9: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Adults

10: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Elderly Adults


11: Practice Settings and Specialties

12: Home Health Care Nursing

13: Specialized Home Health Care Nursing

14: Mental Health Nursing in Community-Based Settings

15: Global Health and Community-Based Care


16: Trends in Community Based Nursing

Appendix A: Nutrition Questionnaires for Infants, Children, and Adolescents

Appendix B: Implications for Teaching at Various Developmental Stages

Appendix C: Cognitive Stages and Approaches to Patient Education with Children



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