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Community Health Nursing by Maglaya: A Review

Community Health Nursing by Maglaya: A Review

Community health nursing (CHN) is a field of nursing that focuses on the health needs of individuals, families, groups and communities. CHN aims to promote health, prevent illness and manage factors affecting health in various settings. CHN also involves working with other health professionals and stakeholders to address the social, political, cultural and economic determinants of health and illness.

community health nursing by maglaya book

One of the books that provides a comprehensive and updated guide to CHN practice is Nursing Practice in the Community by Araceli S. Maglaya and other contributors. This book, now in its fifth edition, covers the theoretical and practical aspects of CHN using a competency-based framework. The book also illustrates the outcomes of empowerment interventions and standards of care for different types of clients in CHN.

The book is divided into four parts: Part I introduces the concepts and principles of CHN; Part II discusses the nursing process and its application to CHN; Part III presents the specific areas of CHN practice such as maternal and child health, school health, occupational health, environmental health, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases and mental health; and Part IV deals with the management and administration of CHN services.

The book is written in a clear and concise manner, with examples, tables, figures and case studies to enhance learning. The book also provides references, appendices and glossaries for further reading and information. The book is suitable for students, teachers and practitioners of CHN who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in this field.

One of the strengths of the book is its use of theories and principles from nursing and public health to guide CHN practice. The book explains how these theories and principles can help nurses understand the behavior of clients and plan appropriate interventions. For example, the book discusses the health belief model, the transtheoretical model, the ecological model, the empowerment theory and the social cognitive theory as frameworks for health promotion and disease prevention.

Another strength of the book is its emphasis on competency-based practice. The book defines competencies as observable and measurable behaviors that reflect knowledge, skills and attitudes of nurses in CHN. The book identifies six core competencies for CHN practice: assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, communication and collaboration. The book also provides examples of competency indicators and performance criteria for each competency.

A third strength of the book is its integration of evidence-based practice and empowerment interventions. The book highlights the importance of using current and relevant research evidence to inform CHN practice. The book also advocates for empowering clients to participate in their own health care and decision making. The book provides strategies and tools for empowering clients such as community diagnosis, community organizing, community development, advocacy and social mobilization. 29c81ba772


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