Reflection of the "P" Family of Bellmore Community Assessment
January 27, 2013
Prof Beth Edwards, BSN, MSN
Reflection of the "P" Family of North Bellmore Community Assessment
Community and public health nursing (PHN) involves working with communities and populations as equal partners, and focusing on primary prevention and health promotion (ANA, 2007). In the past decade, public health nurses practice in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, community nursing centers; home health agencies; housing developments; local and state health departments; neighborhood centers; parishes; school health programs; worksites and occupational health programs. The high-risk or better known as vulnerable populations are often the main focus of care. This population may include the frail elderly, homeless individuals, sedentary individuals, smokers, teen mothers, and those at risk for a specific disease. Community solutions can have widespread influence on health and illness patterns of many levels of clients including individuals, families, groups, neighborhoods, communities, and the broader population (ACHNE, 2003). The “P” family consists of a seven member family of which two parents are smokers for over 30 years, an elder widow, three young adults exposed to many of the dangerous elements of poor nutrition and the college party lifestyle as well as an elementary aged daughter. While assessing the community, I was also assessing the current needs and resources for this family.
According to Anderson and McFarlane, “cultural competence helps public health nurses understand invisible factors in the community that promote health and prevent disease, such as assets, values, strengths, and special characteristics of the communities” (Anderson & McFarlane, 2011). The way in which I found my way to improving my current cultural competence in the community the “P” family lives in was by becoming involved in cultural events planned at...