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Roles & Functions of Community

health nurse and Philosophy in


Community Health Nursing.

PAUL ANDREW C. TUGAHAN RN.

Roles & Functions of Community health


nurse.
Community health nurse
functions effectively if he/she;

can

only

perform

his/her

I.

Has the nessesary knowledge, skills and attitudes in


dealing with the health needs and problems of his/her
clients.

II.

Familiar with the structure and dynamics of the health


care system and its broader sociocultural, economic and
political context

III.

Knowledgeable of the laws and policies affecting the


health care system in general and nursing practice in
particular and nursing and program standards.

Roles & Functions of Community health


nurse.
Actual practice of community health nursing varies from
one community to another. Municipalities and cities have
diffirent levels of capability, specifically the resources that
are mobilized for public health. Professional competence is
not the only requirement to fit into the practice. It also
requires people skills
where physical, mental and
emotional strength will be needed and leadership,
resourcefulness, creativity, honesty and integrity will be
tested.

Roles & Functions of Community health


nurse.
Community health nurse functions:
1.

Management

1.

POSDC

2.

Program management

2.
1.

3.

Supervisory function
Supervises midwives and auxiliary health workers.

Nursing care function

1.

Nursing process

2.

Home visits

4.
1.

5.
1.

6.
1.

7.
1.

Collaborating and coordinating function


Established linkages enables appropriate client referals

Health Promotion and health education


Advocacies and health education

Training Function
Formulation of staff development prog.

Research Function
Disease surveillance (Collection and analysis of data

Roles & Functions of Community health


nurse.
Role and functions of Community health nurse as per RA. 9173
I.

Nursing care by utilizing nursing process

II.

Establish linkages with the community


coordination with the health team

III.

Health education to individuals, families and communities

IV.

Teach, guide and supervise students in nursing education


programs including the administration of nursing services in a
given health care setting

V.

Undertake human resourse development training and researchdevelopment of advance nursing practice.

resources

and

Philosophy of Community health nurse.


1. Philosophy of individuals right of being healthyhealth is believed to be one of the rights of all human beings nationally and
internationally according to the WHO charter. goal of health for all is based on
the philosophy of individuals right of being healthy. this philosophy
encompasses all the aspects of the society i.e. sociocultural, economic aspects,
so that there is no hindrance of any kind to attain these rights.
2) Philosophy of working together under a competent leader for the
common good

Even in primitive ages, man has learnt to live together to meet their needs.

The basis of modern CHN is to share responsibility of helping each other.

Equal participation of the people working through the community groups/people with
the people, for the people for their mutual benefit, change in behavior and health
practices.

Philosophy of Community health nurse.


3)Philosophy that people in the community have the potential for
continual development and are capable of dealing with their own
problems if educated and helped.

An individual with average intelligence can learn and deal with his/her own
needs, modify his/her lifestyles adjust to his or her changing environment i.e.
he can learn to solve his or her problems.

On the basis of this philosophy ,emphasis is placed on health education


projected towards individuals in home, health center, place of work, school,
community places or hospital.
This helps to modify their behaviors respective to health.

Philosophy of Community health nurse.


4)Philosophy of Socialism
Socialism as one of the social system in the community has control over
production and distribution e.g.: food, housing, material production of all kinds,
education, transportation, etc. should be shared with all people.

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