In this new text-reference, Dr. Carl Helvie explores the realm of community health care for advanced practice nurses currently working in community care or requiring an awareness and understanding of its salient issues. Simple in its presentation but rigorous in its coverage of related theories and concepts, Advanced Practice Nursing in the Community reviews community health nursing and advanced practice and then presents the Helvie Energy Theory as a guiding framework for the remainder of the volume. This comprehensive volume comprises thoughtful discussions of the economic, environmental, and sociocultural influences on community health, providing a foundation for subsequent chapters on community assessment, analysis, and diagnosis. It examines community intervention, addressing such topics as multilevel community intervention; diffusion and maintenance of community change; mass media and the political process; coalition building among professional and lay organizations as well as nursing centers and the schools; and rural health care. In addition to numerous assessments and other tools found throughout the book, case studies follow nearly every chapter to illuminate the content. Clinicians early in their community advanced practice will find the extensive assessment example of an actual community in the Rudyville Community Analysis especially interesting.
Advanced Practice Nursing in the Community is a remarkably comprehensive and thought-provoking work. It is a must for both the community health specialist and advanced practice nurse seeking a reference for public and community health care.