Journal of Community Health Nursing (J Community Health Nurs )

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Journal description

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.

Current impact factor: 0.63

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2011 Impact Factor 0.775

Additional details

5-year impact 0.89
Cited half-life 7.80
Immediacy index 0.10
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.24
Website Journal of Community Health Nursing website
Other titles Journal of community health nursing (Online), Journal of community health nursing
ISSN 1532-7655
OCLC 37663699
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

Taylor & Francis

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    • STM: Science, Technology and Medicine
    • SSH: Social Science and Humanities
    • Publisher last contacted on 25/03/2014
    • 'Taylor & Francis (Psychology Press)' is an imprint of 'Taylor & Francis'
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: The purpose of this project was to identify the nutritional status of older adults in a primary care setting by using a standardized nutritional tool and to improve clinical outcomes by implementing appropriate interventions. Methods: A retrospective chart review of 50 records was conducted prior to any intervention to document what was being done before the use of a standardized nutritional tool. Clinic staff was instructed on the Mini Nutritional Assessment tool. After implementing the tool, a chart review was conducted on 25 participants. Results: Prior to implementing the tool, data showed that 42% of the patients' charts recorded a body mass index and there was no documentation of any nutritional concerns. After the implementation of the standardized tool, data showed 40% of the older adult patients had normal nutritional status, 56% were at risk, and 4% were malnourished. Furthermore, 100% of records continued to show no documentation of any nutritional interventions. Conclusion: Data suggest that many older adult patients are at risk or have malnourishment that is unrecognized. Documentation of nutritional interventions needs to be evaluated and recorded.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 01/2015; 32(1):1-11.
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    ABSTRACT: Minority women experience health disparities, especially related to diabetes. The purpose of this article is to examine diabetes risk in minority women. A survey design was used to recruit 52 African Americans (AA) and 48 Latina women. Participants described their health, health behaviors, and health literacy. Blood pressure and body mass index were measured. AA women had more diabetes risks than Latinas, and older women had more risks than younger women. All of the women had low health literacy. Women with higher numbers of diabetes risks had lower health literacy. Findings can be used to develop diabetes prevention and education programs.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 01/2015; 32(1):12-23.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this literature review is to describe the state of the science on teen dating violence (TDV) research identifying support and barriers in accessing services. This review will help identify gaps in dating violence (DV) research and inform secondary and tertiary prevention services, as well as ways that these could be integrated into comprehensive primary prevention efforts. This review was conducted via electronic search through CINAHL, PubMed, and PsychINFO. Results show a serious lack of research in the content area and the importance of increasing research efforts in discovering supports for accessing DV services is emphasized.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 01/2015; 32(1):39-52.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to investigate whether agility activity with dogs can be used to motivate less active children in physical activity and how such activity is experienced by parents and handlers. Data were collected through qualitative interviews with handlers and parents of the participating children. Agility with dogs appeared to motivate less active children to participate in, and endure, demanding physical activity. Joy and bonding with the dog appeared to be key elements in the motivational process. Motivation, initiation, and sustainment of activity over time are beneficial for children.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 01/2015; 32(1):53-67.
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    ABSTRACT: This study analyzed the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and evaluated the factors associated with MetS. Subjects numbered 2,213 adults who participated in the health screening survey. Results show that the prevalence of MetS, Risk-MetS, and Non-MetS was 28.2%, 44.9%, and 26.9% respectively. Factors influencing variables were age, gender, history of hypertension and diabetes mellitus, abdominal obesity, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglyceride, blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, alcohol consumption, and level of physical activity. Community health nurses should plan to develop MetS management programs that target Mets or Risk-MetS groups to promote health.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 01/2015; 32(1):24-38.
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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: 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 10/2014; 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 10/2014; 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 10/2014; 31(4):225-37.
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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: 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: 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: The purpose of this study was to assess university students' knowledge and attitudes toward emergency contraception pills (ECPs). A written survey was administered to a convenience sample at a university. Study findings showed favorable student attitudes toward ECP and poor knowledge levels. Knowledge and attitude scores were not influenced by gender. Students who reported receiving health care provider ECP counseling had more positive attitudes toward ECP than those who did not receive counseling, but no knowledge level difference existed. More research is needed on methods to educate students on ECP and on the relationship between knowledge, attitudes and ECP utilization.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 05/2014; 31(2):75-89.
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    ABSTRACT: The effects of homelessness on health are well documented, although less is known about the challenges of health care delivery from the perspective of service providers. Using data from a larger health needs assessment, the purpose of this study was to describe homeless health care needs and barriers to access utilizing qualitative data collected from shelter staff (n = 10) and health service staff (n = 14). Shelter staff members described many unmet health needs and barriers to health care access, and discussed needs for other supportive services in the area. Health service providers also described multiple health and service needs, and the need for a recuperative care setting for this population. Although a variety of resources are currently available for homeless health service delivery, barriers to access and gaps in care still exist. Recommendations for program planning are discussed and examined in the context of contributing factors and health care reform.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 05/2014; 31(2):103-117.
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    ABSTRACT: As the older adult population in the United States grows in number, the need for family caregivers will also rise. Results from quantitative studies mostly provide evidence of caregiver burden, not caregiver support, and qualitative studies are needed. This study used a community-based participatory action research methodology called photovoice to explore challenges and supports experienced by family caregivers of the older adult. Photovoice incorporates the use of photographs to facilitate the elucidation of an experience by populations or groups. Using photovoice, study participants self-identified 5 challenges and 5 supports experienced in the caregiver role.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 05/2014; 31(2):63-74.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this article is to describe the process of conducting a collaborative communitywide health fair, and the impacts of such health intervention programs on community members. A community health fair addresses the health access needs of underserved populations. The success or effectiveness of such community-based programs requires systematic approach to assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. The PRECEDE˜PROCEED model was used as the guiding framework. The health fair described in this article was coordinated by nurses and drew resources from multiple health providers and organizations. The fair provided opportunities for vulnerable populations to access and utilize appropriate and comprehensive health services, resources and education.
    Journal of Community Health Nursing 05/2014; 31(2):118-129.
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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.