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Canadian Scholars’ Press
486 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
November 2015
Print ISBN: 9781551307381


Community health nurses need specialized knowledge and skills to succeed in their unique role in health promotion and disease prevention. This thoroughly updated and revised second edition of Community and Public Health Nursing provides students with an excellent foundation in the theories and concepts of community nursing while also delivering practical, step-by-step guidance in conducting community nursing projects in different settings and situations.

This engaging text presents real-world public and community health issues as a context for understanding the complex realities of community nursing with diverse populations. The book is informed by over thirty years of practice, education, and research in community health nursing and is packed with case studies and practice examples. Its team-based approach emphasizes collaboration with communities and other health professionals to promote the health of individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Discussion questions, key terms, learning objectives, classroom and seminar exercises, and online resources create a structured framework for learning. The second edition also features new content on health equity, health literacy, and community health nursing in disaster and emergency management. With an emphasis on understanding the clinical application of theories and standards, this text is the perfect resource for community health nursing courses.

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Table of Contents


Part 1: Foundational Concepts and Processes of Community and Public Health Nursing And Teamwork
Chapter 1: Community and Public Health Nursing
Chapter 2: Community Health Nursing Projects and Teamwork

Part 2: The Community Health Nursing Process and Community Health Nursing Projects
Chapter 3: Starting Well: Beginning a Community Health Nursing Project and Assessment—Steps 1 and 2
Chapter 4: Assessing the Environment and Community Group—Steps 3 & 4
Chapter 5: Analysis—Step 5
Chapter 6: Planning for Action—Step 6
Chapter 7: Taking Action—Step 7
Chapter 8: Ending Well—Step 8

Part 3: Approaches for Working in Different Settings and Situations
Chapter 9: Approaches to Community Health Nursing of Families at Home
Chapter 10: Approaches to Community Capacity Building
Chapter 11: Working with Coalitions
Chapter 12: Building Healthy Public Policy for Population Health
Chapter 13: Evaluating Community Health Programs
Chapter 14: Community Health Nursing Roles in Disaster and Emergency Management

Appendix A: Tools and Resources to Guide Teamwork and the Community Project
Answer Key to Discussion Questions
Copyright Acknowledgements

Elizabeth Diem

Elizabeth Diem taught community health nursing beginning in 1995 at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and from 1997–2011 at the University of Ottawa. She is currently a community health nursing education consultant and continues to be involved in the development and promotion of the Canadian Community Health Nursing Standards.

Alwyn Moyer

Alwyn Moyer has been active in community health program development and evaluation for over thirty years as a researcher, clinician, consultant, and educator. She currently works as a health consultant.


"Working as part of a team and integrating a project-based approach is a meaningful way for students to better understand the roles of the community health nurse. This go-to guide facilitates the nursing student’s ability to work with the community to meet health and wellness needs. A must-have for both students and new practitioners!"
— Kathy King, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, Nipissing University/Canadore College

"Diem and Moyer’s book offers a unique contribution to the field of nursing. Current economic, social, and structural challenges make understanding the concepts of community and public health nursing essential to clinical practice. The challenges of dealing with epidemic diseases such as Ebola and navigating the health consequences of climate change require community and public health nurses to apply their knowledge and skills in many different settings locally and globally. This book offers practical examples of how to engage and effectively collaborate with communities to achieve the goal of health for all."
— J. Craig Phillips, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

"Having been inspired by the earlier edition of this book, I am even more excited about this one. The educational possibilities are endless in a resource that provides sound theoretical and practical applications on how to engage in team work and collaborate effectively, build relationships and capacity with communities, and navigate the challenging work of policy advocacy and change for population health. This is an empowering text for nursing educators and students, written at an opportune time as working with communities becomes ever more complex."
— Lynn Scruby, College of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Instructor Resources

When you adopt Community and Public Health Nursing, you will have access to a wealth of instructor’s resources including:

  • Classroom Resources: the resources for each chapter include exercises with expected responses, multiple choice questions with answers, and slide presentation. Community Clinical

  • Community Clinical Resources Package: the package includes information about the team-based community project approach and the framework for integrating theories, concepts, and evidence based research. The clinical resources include suggestions and materials for: a) Delivering effective community health nursing courses; b) Recruiting and maintaining community clinical placements; and c) Orienting clinical instructors and students to the community clinical course.

  • Guide for Faculty Clinical Nursing Instructor: the guide provides clinical nursing instructors the weekly structure, process and tools to support and evaluate nursing students during community clinical placements.

  • Guide for Advisors: the guide provides advisors/contacts/mentors working in placement organizations with the information needed to support the students and collaborate with the clinical instructor from the nursing program. It describes the advisor’s role of modelling for the students, how to work well with community members and within an organization.

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