Communityand Public Health Nursing: Chapter Summary
There are several ways that public health practices overlap withacute care nursing practice. Some critical care nursing practicessupport public health approaches and vice versa. Allender, Rector andWarner (2013) have extensively discussed how these two ways ofdelivering healthcare in society can interact in their first threechapters as summarized in this brief essay.
To start with, surveillance of population health is a mainstay ofpublic health practice. The activity involves analysis of data tounderstand the health characteristics and pressing needs ofcommunities. Again, public health practice takes part in theprotection and control of diseases. Such activities help to advanceprimary care objectives (Allender, Rector and Warner, 2013). Forinstance, the collection of data supports prevention and chronicdisease management efforts by primary care nurses. In most cases,acute nursing care providers are interested in data on prevalence anddisease control efforts. At the same time, primary nursing careimproves health promotion in public health by mobilizing thecommunity.
Public health practice is also mandated to draft regulations,legislations, and public health policies. These legislations andpolicies are enforced by public health practitioners only but have afar-reaching impact on primary nursing care providers. This isbecause such policies and legislations are likely to influence theincidence of diseases and injury. For instance, the call for the useof protective clothing in workplaces is mostly promoted by publichealth practice. However, such practices impact the type of injuriesand diseases requiring acute nursing care. On the other hand, casefindings and notifications provided by acute nursing care staff canbe used by public health practitioners in investigating outbreakswhere they are suspect (Allender, Rector and Warner, 2013). Acutecare nursing practice also provides support for disease control andprevention for public health practice through early diagnosis andintervention.
Thus, Allender, Rector and Warner (2013) succeed in highlighting thatthese two fields have a lot to share. It is important to allow acutecare nursing practitioners to work alongside public healthcareproviders to achieve improved wellbeing globally.
Allender,J.,Rector, C., & Warner. K, (2013). Community and publichealth nursing: promoting
the public`shealth. New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.