Journal of Community Health Nursing (J Community Health Nurs )

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


This innovative publication focuses on health care issues relevant to all aspects of community practice schools, homes, visiting nursing services, clinics, hospices, education, and public health administration. Well-researched articles provide practical and up-to-date information to aid the nurse who must frequently make decisions and solve problems without the back-up support systems available in the hospital. The journal is a forum for community health professionals to share their experience and expertise with others in the field.

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    Journal of community health nursing (Online), Journal of community health nursing
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    Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    • Publisher last contacted on 25/03/2014
    • 'Taylor & Francis (Psychology Press)' is an imprint of 'Taylor & Francis'
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Young women often have access to fewer resources to make expected behavior changes during pregnancy. This qualitative study aimed to explore the experiences of young pregnant and parenting women regarding behavioral expectations and behavior change during pregnancy. Nine women (aged 15 to 24) participated in individual semistructured photo-elicitation interviews and data was analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The findings of this study suggest that although these young women received informational support throughout their pregnancies, there is a need to integrate emotional support into prenatal care for young pregnant women to facilitate their experience as one of empowerment rather than oppression.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 10/2014; 31(4):198-211.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to examine Mexican-born women's utilization and adherence to cervical cancer screening guidelines. Ninety-seven women in the southeastern United States participated. Data were collected in Spanish. The majority of women met adherence guidelines for the pap exam. Marital status, educational attainment, marianismo, blood pressure knowledge, fatalism, cultural cancer beliefs, trust in provider, and perceived provider communication abilities were not associated with utilization or adherence to screening guidelines. This study had higher than expected adherence to screening guidelines. Nearly all women received screenings through safety net services indicating the need to advocate for continued public health funding.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 07/2014; 31(3):157-166.
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To examine published models of health care interpretation and associated roles, expectations, and outcomes. Methods: A literature search was conducted using the key words interpreter/translator, communication, and role and their combinations in PubMed, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and PSYNDEXPlus. References mentioned in articles identified with these search terms were then checked by hand in corresponding publications and books. We excluded articles if they were dealing with concepts of interpretation, role definitions, etc., without presenting any empirical evidence to support their recommendations. Thirty-four of 1,121 references that investigated the role of professional interpreters in health care were found to meet inclusion criteria. Results: Out of 34 articles, only 2 recommend strict adherence to the conduit model in which interpreters are faithfully and exclusively transmitting information; the interpreter's role is in 32 studies defined in broader terms as the role of a cultural broker (n = 18), a manager or clarifier (n = 22), a patient advocate (n = 13), or a mediator (n = 6). Conclusion: There are no commonly accepted understandings of the interpreters' role; empirical data are lacking. Practice Implications: The interpreter's function must be explicitly clarified before a health care encounter is conducted. There should be an agreement of some basic rules.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 07/2014; 31(3):167-184.
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    ABSTRACT: This study describes young adult female college students' perceptions of risky social media behaviors. A sample of 14 young adult females, aged 18-22 years and residing in an urban university, participated in 1 of 3 focus groups held in campus housing. Data analysis yielded 4 themes surrounding young adults' engagement in risky behaviors associated with social media. Themes described the predominant culture, associated risk, and prevention. Important insights into young adult female college students' thoughts on risky social media behaviors can be used by advanced practice nurses to inform preventive education for young college women.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 07/2014; 31(3):133-144.
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    ABSTRACT: Health counseling is an essential part of health promotion and there is a need for new, family-oriented health counseling methods. The objective of this study was to describe the differences in physical activity conversations from the perspective of family-oriented care between child health visits using the Weighty Matter Toolkit and those using normal protocol. In total, 35 health visits were analyzed. The results indicate that the Weighty Matter Toolkit offers the child, and other family members, a better opportunity to participate to conversations, and the focus of the conversation is more diverse and based on the family's perception regarding physical activity compared to the normal protocol. Thus, the Weighty Matter Toolkit is a promising method for family-oriented health counseling.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 05/2014; 31(2):90-102.
  • Journal of Community Health Nursing 04/2014; 31(2):130.
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    ABSTRACT: This review of literature explores various interventions that promote stroke awareness and knowledge of stroke warning signs in individuals. The review looks at the differences and similarities in several identified interventions, including mass media, printed materials, presentations, children's programs, and stroke screenings. An assessment of these 5 interventions provides information on cost, personnel involved, number of persons reached, and knowledge retention from each program. Programs reviewed using the identified types of interventions demonstrate the benefits and challenges of each and enable program developers to coordinate programs based on these evaluations.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 01/2014; 31(1):20-33.
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    ABSTRACT: Dental caries is the most common chronic disease of childhood with approximately 25% of children from low-income families entering kindergarten without ever having seen a dentist ( Larsen, Larsen, Handwerker, Kim, & Rosenthal, 2009 ). Youth, poverty, and race are characteristics of populations susceptible to oral disease (Dye, Xianfen, & Thorton-Evans, 2012). Services delivering oral health care to underserved populations are referred to as dental safety-net clinics. This article explores the impact of the dental safety-net on improving access to oral health care for underserved children in the United States.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 01/2014; 31(1):1-7.
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined the relationships between depressive symptoms and obesity/weight gain factors in 56 Black and Hispanic pregnant women and the differences in these variables between the 2 ethnic groups. Of the women, 32% were likely depressed, 66% were overweight/obese, and 45% gained excessive gestational weight. Depressive symptoms were positively correlated with prepregnancy body mass index (BMI; r = .268, p = .046), inversely related to gestational weight gain (r = -.329, p = .013), and not associated with excessive gestational weight gain. Black women were more likely to have excessive gestational weight gain than Hispanic women. Prepregnancy BMI and gestational weight gain data can be useful in identifying pregnant women with depression.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 01/2014; 31(1):8-19.
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    ABSTRACT: Despite nursing assistants' high risk for cardiovascular disease, few studies have aimed to reduce their cardiovascular disease risk. The purpose of this article is to explore factors that facilitated and hindered nursing assistants' participation in a pilot physical-activity- and diet-focused worksite health promotion program that aimed to reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Three focus groups were conducted with 12 (67%) participants of the program. Four themes emerged: motivation to participate in a worksite health promotion program, program participation facilitators, barriers to program participation, and suggestions for future programs. This data can aid future program development.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 01/2014; 31(1):49-60.
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    ABSTRACT: Smokeless tobacco use among women living in rural areas is poorly understood and largely ignored. This qualitative study explored the use of smokeless tobacco with 10 participants living in rural areas in Alabama, with the women telling their own stories of use. Themes emerging from interviews included the initiation of use, secrecy, health-risk beliefs, daily-use patterns, and thoughts about quitting. The study results could assist community health nurses in awareness of risks, case finding, and development of community-based prevention strategies. Additional research would help better understanding of the epidemiology of the problem, cultural implications, and practice interventions.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 01/2014; 31(4):212-24.
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    ABSTRACT: The prevalence of HIV in older adults is rising. This increase can be attributed to inconsistent condom use, low perceived disease susceptibility, and a sexual health knowledge gap found in older adults. Yet, little to no health promotion for older adults focuses on sex education. This study sought to determine the feasibility of a group-based educational program in senior housing settings and consider the utility of a self-efficacy based group education program on knowledge of disease risk and preventive techniques among older adults living in senior housing.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 01/2014; 31(4):187-97.
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    ABSTRACT: The aims of this study were to determine recruitment and retention feasibility, changes in self-efficacy for diet and exercise, and weight and fasting insulin level change after a lifestyle intervention in a community park. A randomized wait-list control design was used to recruit 50 Filipino American participants into a flexible eight-week curriculum. The retention rate was 88%. A weight loss of 1.52 kg (p < .05) and a waist reduction of 5.46 cm (p < .05) were found in the intervention group. Significant predictors for weight loss were gender and marital status. The intervention showed promise for this community program.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 01/2014; 31(4):225-37.
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    ABSTRACT: A paucity of literature regarding strategies for injury prevention in children for mothers with substance abuse exists. Substance abuse propagates distractions such as inattention; therefore, these mothers should be targeted for injury prevention education. A quasi-experimental design compared the results of traditional classroom teaching with an innovative home hazard simulation activity to teach injury prevention to mothers recovering from substance abuse. Study results identified a need to employ multiple modalities when teaching injury prevention. Information obtained from this research suggests a need for continued study and adaptation of current teaching strategies for injury prevention education in other high-risk populations.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 07/2013; 30(3):155-163.
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    ABSTRACT: Indigenous peoples have the worst socio-demographic indicators and the largest inequalities in terms of access to social services and health in the Latin American region, Bolivia included. In the last few years, attempts to implement policies that support indigenous people's health rights led to the development of intercultural health approaches. Yet, acceptance and integration of indigenous medicine into the biomedical health system presents a major challenge to intercultural health in Latin America. The objective of this article is to analyze the case of a health center in Tinguipaya, one of the first and few examples of intercultural health initiatives in Bolivia. This intercultural health project, which represents a pioneer experience with regard to the creation of intercultural health services in Bolivia, aims to create a network between local communities, traditional healers, and biomedical staff and offer a more culturally sensitive and holistic health service for indigenous people living in the area. The aim of this article is to critically assess this initiative and to analyze the main challenges met in the creation of a more effective intercultural health policy. The extent to which this initiative succeeded in promoting the integration between indigenous health practitioners and biomedical staff as well as in improving access to health care for local indigenous patients will also be examined.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 01/2013; 30(4):216-29.
  • Journal of Community Health Nursing 01/2013; 30(1):59.
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    ABSTRACT: Social justice brings to life the purpose of public health-improving a population's overall health and well-being. Critiques of the concept demonstrate that social justice is inconsistently defined and rarely is acted upon, and continuation of these injustices constitutes a form of suffering. Seeing one's self as disconnected from others makes their suffering normal. Viewing others from an ethical, moral, and human rights perspective helps one understand that the well-being of the self and the individual rests on the well-being of the collective other; this obligates each person to ameliorate and, if possible, prevent the suffering of others.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 01/2013; 30(1):49-58.