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Community Health Nurse Roles and Functions Qualifications 1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2.

Registered Nurse of the Philippines Planner/Programmer 1. Identifies needs, priorities, and problems of individuals, families, and communities 2. Formulates municipal health plan in the absence of a medical doctor 3. Interprets and implements nursing plan, program policies, memoranda, and circular for the concerned staff personnel 4. Provides technical assistance to rural health midwives in health matters Provider of Nursing Care 1. Provides direct nursing care to sick or disabled in the home, clinic, school, or workplace 2. Develops the familys capability to take care of the sick, disabled, or dependent member Community Organizer 1. Motivates and enhances community participation in terms of planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating health services 2. Initiates and participates in community development activities Coordinator of Services 1. Coordinates with individuals, families, and groups for health related services provided by various members of the health team 2. Coordinates nursing program with other health programs like environmental sanitation, health education, dental health, and mental health Trainer/Health Educator 1. Identifies and interprets training needs of the RHMs, Barangay Health Workers (BHW), and hilots 2. Conducts training for RHMs and hilots on promotion and disease prevention 3. Conducts pre and post-consultation conferences for clinic clients; acts as a resource speaker on health and health related services 4. Initiates the use of tri-media (radio/TV, cinema plugs, and print ads) for health education purposes 5. Conducts pre-marital counseling Health Monitor Detects deviation from health of individuals, families, groups, and communities through contacts/visits with them Role Model Provides good example of healthful living to the members of the community Change Agent Motivates changes in health behavior in individuals, families, groups, and communities that also include lifestyle in order to promote and maintain health Recorder/Reporter/Statistician 1. Prepares and submits required reports and records 2. Maintain adequate, accurate, and complete recording and reporting 3. Reviews, validates, consolidates, analyzes, and interprets all records and reports 4. Prepares statistical data/chart and other data presentation Researcher 1. Participates in the conduct of survey studies and researches on nursing and health-related subjects 2. Coordinates with government and non-government organization in the implementation of studies/research

Definition of PUBLIC HEALTH : the art and science dealing with the protection and improvement of community health by organized community effort and including preventive medicine and sanitary and social science

public health nursing the branch of nursing concerned with providing nursing care and health guidance to individuals, families, and other population
groups in settings such as the home, school, workplace, and other community settings such as medical and health centers. The nurse in this field, a COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE, must have a baccalaureate degree and training in public health nursing theory and practice; employment is typically with a local agency such as a nonprofit proprietary organization or with an agency under the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The work involves implementing such programs as school and preschool health programs, immunization and treatment of communicable diseases, maternal and child health clinics, and home visits for the purpose of providing health education and nursing care. There is also frequent participation in educational programs for nurses, allied professional workers, and civic organizations, and involvement in studying, planning, formulating public policy, and putting into action local and national health programs.

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In 2001 a study of 118 persons with different social and ethnic backgrounds defined community as "a group of people with diverse characteristics who are linked by social ties, share common 1 perspectives, and engage in joint action in geographical locations or settings." One element of community was identified as a "sense of place,something that could be located and described, denoting a sense of locale or boundaries." A community is an identifiable area or location, such as a city, a village, a neighborhood, or even a workplace. This study also identified "sharing common interests and perspectives" as part of belonging to a community. As members of a community, we share our values, norms, religion, interests, worries, needs, happiness, and suffering with the other members of our community. Many times these commonalities have existed for years, if not for centuries.

Three classfications of a community are as follows: -a fixed and bounded reality -a local social system -a type of social relationship

Definitions of a Healthy Community


There are many definitions of a healthy community. The Healthy People 2010 strategy describes a healthy community as one that includes those elements that enable people to maintain a high quality of life and productivity. Some of the elements described in Healthy People in Healthy Communities: A Community Planning Guide Using Healthy People 2010 include: access to health care services that focus on both treatment and prevention for all members of the community; a safe community; the presence of roads, schools, playgrounds, and other services to meet the needs of the people in that community; and a healthy and safe environment. Healthy People 2020 MAP-IT: A Guide To Using Healthy People 2020 in Your Community provides a framework for implementation. The Centers for Disease Control defines healthy communities in its Designing and Building Healthy Places page as "A community that is continuously creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources that enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and in developing to their maximum potential."
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