Community health nursing focuses on improving the health care standards of a particular community through public awareness and health care reform by communicating and collaborating with local school districts, universities, health care centers and other public health care settings in order to spread the word, collect community data, design better health care plans, influence health are reform and get the community involved in improving their lives.
Those who work in this field are generally registered nurses with years of training in the health care field and a passion for improving the lives of those around them.
Community health nurses may work with or for the local government, non for profit agencies and community health care organizations and may act as health care advocates pushing for better healthcare reforms and expanding public awareness.
They may also choose to work on their own, as contractors or as a collective group with other community health nurses.
Individuals and groups working in the community health nursing field may monitor local healthcare trends and collect information on various topics such as the community’s lifestyle, work/life balance, the average age, sex and weight of individuals in the community, family activity levels, indoor/outdoor activities available to the community, genetic health care factors and a host of other data so that it can be collected and analyzed in order to find ways to improve the community’s health care standards and educate individuals about the dangers of continuing unhealthy life practices.
Not only are community health nurses important for improving the health care standards of the communities they work in, they are also important for aiding in the prevention of health care problems from developing in the first place.
By tracking and analyzing trends community health nurses can stay several steps ahead of potential issues that are likely to arise if nothing is done to improve local health care standards.
As local and state populations continue to expand and as elderly populations grow at increasing rates (overwhelming retirement homes and communities) community health nursing will become increasingly important to the health care industry and the health care standards of local communities both small and large.
This means there will be more career opportunities for those who are interested in working in community health nursing as well as the expansion of new career paths in the community healthcare field.
From local doctor offices and retirement housing to local school district and town hospitals community nurses can make a big impact on improving the overall health care system of a local area and if enough communities become deeply involved in improving their overall health care it can lead to improved health care standards and awareness for the entire state.
When used effectively community health nursing can be a vital component in creating positive changes within the entire health care industry.