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Community Health Nursing: Caring in Action, 1st Edition

  • Janice Hitchcock, RN, DNSC
  • Phyllis E. Schubert
  • Sue A. Thomas
  • Wally J. Bartfay
  • ISBN-10: 0176441034
  • ISBN-13: 9780176441036
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2002, 1998
  • COPYRIGHT: 2010 Published
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About the Product

This text explores how the caring paradigm in nursing can be employed as a vital force for human growth and development, self-determination, empowerment, community participation and capacity, and the implementation of primary health care services in Canada. The text encourages the reader to engage in reflective thinking, application of knowledge and problem solving.


  • Core competencies for public health: The specific core competencies for public health in Canada are summarized at the beginning of each chapter in the form of a table for easy interpretation and cross-referencing by the reader.

  • Student web-based learning resources: Student web-based learning resource boxes are integrated throughout the chapters in the text to facilitate access to additional information on a variety of health related concepts, topics, practices, and web-based learning resources.

  • Reflective thinking: Reflective thinking boxes encourage students and nurses to critically examine their own personal beliefs and clinical perspectives on given topics in order to identify their own thoughts and feelings, and to better comprehend alternative viewpoints they may encounter when working with diverse clients and communities and other health care professionals.

  • Decision making: Decision making boxes encourage the reader to develop personal and cultural sensitivity to various ethical and moral practice issues facing community health nurses in Canada and abroad.

  • Perspectives: Perspectives boxes offers students and nurses with actual insights and viewpoints from practicing community health nurses, student nurses, and nursing faculty in the community.

  • Research Focus: Research focus boxes feature investigations by Canadian and International researchers related to issues and concerns relevant to community health and public health practice in Canada and abroad.

About the Author

Janice Hitchcock, RN, DNSC

Janice Hitchcock is a Professor and Associate Director for the Department of Nursing in Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA.

Sue A. Thomas

Sue A. Thomas is a Professor and Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Nursing at the Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA.

Wally J. Bartfay

Dr. Bartfay’s career in nursing has spanned over twenty years, and he has practiced and taught nursing in a variety of settings including community health, mental health, medical-surgical nursing and adult critical care. He has taught at a variety of institutions across Canada. Dr. Bartfay has numerous publications and invited keynote and speakers addresses to his credit. He has been nominated for various teaching awards. In addition, Dr. Bartfay is the recipient of various civil awards.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to community health nursing in Canada
Chapter 2: A brief history of community health nursing in Canada
Chapter 3: Canada's health care system: History and current challenges
Chapter 4: Aboriginal health: Concepts and current challenges
Chapter 5: Varied roles and practice specialties in community health nursing
Chapter 6: Perspectives on health and its promotion and preservation
Chapter 7: Environmental perspectives on health
Chapter 8: Global health perspectives for community health nurses
Chapter 9: Fundamentals of epidemiology for community health nursing practice
Chapter 10: Communicable diseases
Chapter 11: Assessing the community
Chapter 12: Frameworks for assessing families
Chapter 13: Program planning, implementation, and evaluation
Chapter 14: Care of infants, children and adolescents
Chapter 15: Care of young, middle and older adults

Appendix A: Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2007).
Appendix B: Canadian Community Health Nursing Standards of Practice (Community Health Nurses Association of
Canada - May 2003).
Appendix C: The Friedman Family assessment Model (short form)
Appendix D: Functional assessments
Appendix E: Community assessment guide: The place, the people, and the social system
Appendix F: Environmental assessments: Home safety for disabled or older adults
Appendix G: Community health nursing service satisfaction questionnaire

New to this edition

  • A brief history of community health nursing in Canada.
  • Canada's health care system: history and current challenges.
  • Aboriginal health: concepts and current challenges.
  • Perspectives on health and its promotion and preservation.
  • The most up-to-date text on the market, including coverage of E Coli breakouts, mad cow disease and listeriosis.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD for Community Health Nursing  (ISBN-10: 0176475397 | ISBN-13: 9780176475390)