Journal of Community Health Nursing (J COMMUN HEALTH NURS)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

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: 0.48

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 0.475
2013 Impact Factor 0.65
2012 Impact Factor 0.634
2011 Impact Factor 0.775
2010 Impact Factor 0.657
2009 Impact Factor 0.559
2008 Impact Factor 0.842
2007 Impact Factor 0.575

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 0.60
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 0.05
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.18
Website Journal of Community Health Nursing website
Other titles Journal of community health nursing
ISSN 0737-0016
OCLC 9298236
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

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    • STM: Science, Technology and Medicine
    • Publisher last contacted on 25/03/2014
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This evidence-based initiative assessed the impact of language-appropriate cervical cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV) prevention education on knowledge level and HPV vaccine uptake among mothers and their daughters. Forty-one mother/daughter dyads from a low-cost, faith-based clinic for the uninsured in southeastern Texas participated in the nurse practitioner-led cervical cancer prevention educational sessions. Spanish was the primary language for the majority of participating mothers. The project produced appreciable knowledge increase and HPV vaccine uptake intent. Aggregate HPV vaccine uptake numbers for the clinic increased considerably compared to HPV vaccine administration prior to educational intervention.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Journal of Community Health Nursing
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    ABSTRACT: This pilot project evaluated the effectiveness of a life skills training program for elementary-school-aged children for development of social confidence, self-management, and general social and drug resistance skills. The setting was a rural community after-school program. Children participated in 30-min weekly sessions for 8 weeks. Pre- and posttest scores were analyzed to determine effectiveness of the program. Results showed improvements in antismoking and antidrinking attitudes and use of self-management and general social skills, and social confidence in conflict situations. The life skills training intervention serves as a potential supplement to community programs for the prevention of behaviors such as bullying, smoking and drug use among elementary school aged children.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Journal of Community Health Nursing
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    ABSTRACT: Pet therapy can be therapeutic for older adults living in the community. A crossover design was used to examine changes in blood pressure and heart rate before and after a pet therapy visit versus a volunteer-only visit in 28 community dwelling older adults. Relationships among stress, pet attitude, social support, and health status were also examined. Study findings supported that pet therapy significantly decreased blood pressure and heart rate. Ultimately, the findings supported the notion that community health nurses should consider developing and implementing pet therapy programs in the communities they serve. Further implications for community health nurses are discussed.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Journal of Community Health Nursing
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    ABSTRACT: Homelessness is associated with premature mortality, increased morbidity, and poor quality of life. Transitioning from homelessness to housing is a complex process, particularly for individuals with mental illness. This article presents a systematic review of 26 empirical studies exploring the transition of adults from homelessness to finding a home. Seven qualitative, 14 quantitative, and 5 mixed-method studies were critically appraised and synthesized yielding persistent qualitative themes such as maintaining stability, making adjustments, and a place called home, and quantitative key categories including quality of life, sociodemographics, and housing conditions. More research is needed exploring factors related successful housing placement.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Journal of Community Health Nursing

  • No preview · Article · Jan 2015 · Journal of Community Health Nursing

  • No preview · Article · Jan 2013 · Journal of Community Health Nursing
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    ABSTRACT: The idea for the block system of nursing care evolved during a project that studied home care for the dying child. The concept of using the nurse who lives closest to the family needing care and can respond promptly to requests for nursing services was tested and found workable during that project (Moldow & Martinson, 1980). The senior author, in an effort to make health care cost-effective while retaining high quality care for all citizens, particularly for the elderly, decided to test whether the block nurse model would work in her own community. This article describes the background, initiation, and ongoing process of a block nurse program.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2010 · Journal of Community Health Nursing

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  • No preview · Article · May 2008 · Journal of Community Health Nursing
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    ABSTRACT: Seventy-five rural women over the age of 77 participated in this study to describe the impact of informal social support on the maintenance of voluntary driving cessation. After being screened for mental status, they completed a demographic questionnaire and the Lubben Social Network Scale (2006). They also participated in a semistructured interview designed to probe factors leading to driving cessation and the ability to maintain it. Findings suggest that most participants stopped driving due to a decline in physical function and/or involvement in a nonfatal accident. Adequate support from family and friends was critical to the maintenance of driving cessation. Those with a limited informal social network resumed driving due to the lack of transportation, feelings of insecurity and fear for their survival, and the desire to assist friends who were less fortunate. Implications for community health nurses working in rural areas are discussed.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2008 · Journal of Community Health Nursing
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    ABSTRACT: This ethnographic study was conducted to determine what homeless people experience during the transition from street life into community housing. Data were gathered through participant observation at a program designed to secure housing and support services for homeless people upon discharge from a psychiatric hospital. Sixty homeless, mentally ill adults were followed from hospital discharge through their first 2 years in community housing. Homeless people interact with health care providers across a cultural divide produced by vast differences in their lived experiences. This cultural distance limits access to the services that these individuals require to achieve residential stability.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2008 · Journal of Community Health Nursing
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined readability and suitability of printed health information materials colleted from multiple sources. In phase I, nursing students used Simple Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG; McLaughlin, 1969) to assess the readability of 21 materials collected from the community. In phases II and III, nursing students and registered nurses used SMOG and the Suitability Assessment of Materials (SAM; Doak, Doak, & Root, 1996) to evaluate 15 prenatal materials from a Healthy Start program. SMOG assigns a reading grade level based on the number of words with 3 or more syllables. SAM has 22 items in 6 evaluation areas: content, literacy demand, graphics, layout and typography, learning stimulation and motivation, and cultural appropriateness. Major findings included that 53% to 86% of the printed materials had a reading level at or higher than 9th grade; materials lacked summary, interaction, and modeled behaviors, and registered nurses rated more materials as not suitable and fewer as superior for suitability qualities than students. Improving printed materials to have lower reading levels and better suitability qualities are indicated.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2008 · Journal of Community Health Nursing
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    ABSTRACT: The relationship between loneliness and general health was investigated in 159 older females living in the community. Pet attachment support, a variable tested as a mediator of this relationship, was examined also. Participants completed the Revised UCLA Loneliness Scale, a Pet Attachment scale, and the Psychological General Well-Being Schedule: general health subscale. A negative relationship between loneliness and general health decreased when controlling for pet attachment support as a coping mechanism. The findings from this study support that pet attachment support has a mediating effect on the relationship between loneliness and general health in this sample of older females. Implications for community health nurses and public policy are discussed.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2008 · Journal of Community Health Nursing
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    ABSTRACT: Preceptorship and mentorship programs are used in the health care sector to educate nurses, enhance their leadership skills, and improve their quality of work life. Recognizing the importance of these initiatives, Saint Elizabeth Health Care sought funding to create an innovative model of preceptorship/mentorship that meets the unique needs of home health care nurses. The methods utilized included focus groups, key informant interviews, and a workflow analysis. Factors that influence preceptorship such as nursing workload, preceptor training and remuneration were examined to develop a new model that offers career enhancement and leadership opportunities for preceptors and mentors, and promotes a welcoming environment for preceptees. Reward and recognition programs were created for preceptors to acknowledge their leadership contribution at the front line. This study demonstrates how evidence and innovation were used to create a preceptorship/mentorship model to develop community nursing leaders of the future.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2008 · Journal of Community Health Nursing
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    ABSTRACT: Recent studies have identified high levels of depression among older people, both those in their own homes and those in residential care. With the world's population ageing, it is timely for health service providers to consider how the escalating population of depressed elderly people will be managed. Although treating general practitioners may be the health professionals most expected to detect, treat, and monitor depression among the elderly, professional carers are well placed to assist in the detection and monitoring of the disorder. This study conducted individual interviews with 15 family members of depressed aged-care recipients to determine their perceptions of the skills and knowledge of depression of professional carers. Family members reported that carers are more likely to avoid than engage with their clients about depressive symptomatology and do not communicate their concerns with managers or general practitioners (GPs). Family members believed that, in general, professional carers were undertrained in these areas. The implications of these findings for health service planning and staff training are discussed.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2008 · Journal of Community Health Nursing
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    ABSTRACT: Preventive measures for long-life illnesses such as asthma, obesity, and diabetes can start as early as in infant feeding practices. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends introducing babies to solid foods, anything other than breast milk or formula, no earlier than 4-6 months of age (Kleinman, 2004). This study's purpose was to assess beliefs and attitudes of mothers enrolled in Medicaid about the introduction of solid foods and other infant feeding behaviors. Six focus groups (N = 23) were conducted with Black and Caucasian mothers with infants under 1 year old. The Theory of Planned Behavior was used as a framework for moderator questions and interpretation of themes. Maternal knowledge about infant feeding, maternal perceptions of applicability of infant feeding guidelines, and manner and type of information useful for infant feeding decisions emerged as themes. Implications of themes for informing an educational program for mothers to delay the introduction of solid foods are discussed.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2007 · Journal of Community Health Nursing
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe teen mothers' experience of having become sexually active. Most scholars who have studied teen sexual behavior have used quantitative methods and measured constructs such as self-esteem. Prior to data-gathering, literature about teen sexual behavior was reviewed and set aside to enable a more direct focus on data. Parental consent for participation was obtained for participants under 18. Of the 10 participants (aged 16 to 19 years), all had at least one living child. Each participant took part in 3 audiotaped interviews. Data about perceptions, actions, and intentions were compared across each participant's interviews and interviews of all participants. Four phenomena were discerned as ways in which participants had structured their experiences: (a) making a safe place, (b) redefining myself, (c) creating my own life story, and (c) engaging with the unknown. Compared to prior literature, the phenomena offer a richer and deeper perspective on teen sexual behavior. Findings suggest that efforts to increase perceptions of safety, to support personal identity, to bolster creativity, and to offer exploratory opportunities beyond sexual encounters could enhance effectiveness of programs designed to prevent early-onset sexual activity.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2007 · Journal of Community Health Nursing