The Community as a Client

Nurses improve the health and well-being of their patients on an individual level. However, the focus of community nursing is to look at a group as a whole, which will in turn affect individuals and families. Essentially, nurses take a broader perspective and attempt to enhance group health in hopes of improving the health of families and individuals.

Our communities are made of many facets. They are often grouped by ethnicity, socioeconomic status and religious affiliation. And even with these differences, the community at large will have some meaningful effect on individuals and families, especially when it comes to health and wellness. Therefore, the general goal of community nursing is to see the community as a client that nurses can care for. The nurse attempts to see how the community at large influences individual health decisions. For example, if there is an increase in asthma cases in a particular geographic area, the community health nurse would not just focus on treatment, but would also investigate the sources within that community that may be causing a rise in asthma, such as living conditions or nutrition.

Protecting the Entire Population

The work of community nursing is founded in the principle of public health. The basic tenet of public health is to protect the wellbeing of an entire population. Whether the population is an entire country or a neighborhood, public health professionals seek to prevent problems or diseases from occurring or recurring. Their actions are directed toward policy changes, educational programs and research.

Those who want to make a larger impact on the health of their local population will find great fulfillment in this field. One way to learn more about community nursing is by obtaining a BSN through an online RN to BSN program. It is through education that nurses can change their perspectives and begin to see the community as the client. In a BSN program, nurses discover how global decisions affect the health and wellness of individuals, families and communities. This also helps nurses understand the decisions patients and their families make.

Although most nurses attempt to see their patients from a more holistic approach, it is through the lens of community nursing that nurses see the bigger picture. Not only do they have the opportunity to impact one life or family, but the potential to improve the health of larger communities and ultimately many lives. By treating the community as the client, healthcare workers can make a significant impact. Treating the health of the community has the potential to heal local, national and global communities in ways that are not possible when only focusing on the individual.

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