A community health nurse or public health nurse is a highly trained registered nurse that plays a vital role in educating the community about various health care risks and diseases.
These nurses are advocates for healthy living and disease prevention, and use their knowledge and training to improve the various health care factors of the community they work in.
Community health nurses focus on a number of areas related to health care such as the communities lifestyle, the type of work individuals within the area perform, the types of foods and diets a particular community indulges in, the community’s average age and sex, common healthcare problems in the area, environmental factors, family health, social health and genetic factors to determine the best ways to enhance the lives of those within the community they belong to.
They may also act as advocates for better health care promotion and work with the community, the state and/or the government to push for better health care standards and health care reforms.
In order to promote better health care and spread the word community nurses may talk to various colleges, schools and health care centers and set up discussions and/or presentations in order to educate the community on existing and future health care issues and demonstrate better health care practices that can be implemented on the individual, family and community levels.
Those who work as registered nurses and are interested in starting a career as a community nurse may find job opportunities among various government institutes, non for profit organizations and existing community health care centers in the local area.
The importance of community nursing cannot be overstated.
By improving the health care standards of one community these nurses help to increase and promote the overall awareness of proper healthcare among other communities within the area, and can use their knowledge to lower the number of patients overwhelmed doctor offices, hospitals and health care centers deal with on a day to day basis by improving the health care of the community and allowing these health care professionals to focus on important health care issues that go beyond an individuals ability to improve their own health without the assistance of a medical/clinical professional.
By promoting better health care, proper exercise, quality rest and good nutrition practices community nurses can direct people to effective low cost health care solutions that reduce hospital visits and health care costs.
And by educating the community about local disease prevention and sanitary practices community nurses can improve the local community’s overall health by educating them on ways to avoid potential diseases.