Student: Deisy Monteagudo
The various inequalities in medical care tend to be acknowledged more in developed nations. However, disadvantaged individuals steadily grieve from the worst medical results, which entails a low life expectancy compared to the non-disadvantaged individuals or groups. Thus, healthcare organizations and facilities must engage disadvantaged communities through various public health initiatives as a technique of lessening health disparities. In the past, actions and interventions used in promoting medical care were driven by experts with no or less input from the besieged populace. In the modern economy, nurses, doctors, researchers, as well as researchers tend to engage members of public health through various levels, which ascertains effectiveness and efficiency within the healthcare arena. As healthcare facilities participate in community engagement programs, they tend to expand past their traditional roles of treating and managing health issues to become affirmative and active players in influencing the determinants of health. Community engagement entails developing relationships that enable stakeholders to work in unison to address the various medical-related issues in line with promoting the well-being of achieving positive and desired health results and impacts (Baltzell et al., 2019). This process enables changes in social behavior among community members, environments, practices, and programs.
One of the levels of community engagement that nurses provide to communities is information dissemination or sharing, which promotes health literacy (Kulig et al., 2018). This level entails a two-way process instead of only conveying info, which is a one-way flow of news from the diverse government agencies concerned with healthcare to the community through the various healthcare workers. Under the info dissemination, government plays a significant role in providing vital and vivid information for averting the various health disparities. This level’s main objective is to share accurate and timely information and relevant and easy-to-understand information about decisions concerning policies or any emerging issue. Info sharing within the healthcare arena aids the community in comprehending health matters. It also augments their capacity to contribute to the general public health effects (Li et al., 2019). Nurses need to be committed to sharing information, which will avert any uncertainties before they arise in medical practices. Subsequently, consultation is the other level of community engagement with which nurses ought to participate during their daily involvements.
This level also conveys a strategy with financial resources to enable communities to plan, commission, manage, and evaluate the various services. Supporting the community members should also encompass building community capacity to deliver amenities in line with addressing community concerns (Li et al., 2019). This is because community engagement tends to be advocated as a potentially vital strategy for lessening health inequalities.
Baltzell, K., Harvard, K., Hanley, M., Gosling, R., & Chen, I. (2019). What is community engagement and how can it drive malaria elimination? Case studies and stakeholder interviews. Malaria journal, 18(1), 1-11.
Kulig, J. C., Townshend, I., Kosteniuk, J., Karunanayake, C., Labrecque, M. E., & MacLeod, M. L. (2018). Perceptions of sense of community and community engagement among rural nurses: Results of a national survey. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 88, 60-70.
Li, B., Li, Z., & Wan, Q. (2019). Effects of work practice environment, work engagement and work pressure on turnover intention among community health nurses: Mediated moderation model. Journal of advanced nursing, 75(12), 3485-3494.
Iracema Guevara – Monday, July 18, 2022, 9:07 AM
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In the past, professional decisions and measures to enhance health were made with little to no participation from the communities being served. Engaging community people in public health initiatives has been a recent trend among professionals, politicians, and academics. When disadvantaged groups—such as those with low socio-economic position or socially excluded—tend to have worse health than other members of society, there are apparent health disparities. Since the social determinants of health may be changed, community involvement initiatives to lessen health disparities have been implemented and reviewed. Only a few studies have examined whether intervention effects may be directly linked to the community involvement method; most comparisons between the intervention and control conditions consider factors other than community engagement.
Through research and practice, the health sector has been devoted to raising health and reducing sickness and mortality in local and international populations. Fulfilling this huge obligation requires that public health professionals be provided with the skills to interact with communities and stakeholders and determine their continuously shifting resources and needs (Zeydani et al., 2021). Community-based education seems to be a workable solution for improving the link between education and the demands of the general population. In community-based education, the community serves as a learning environment where students, healthcare professionals, locals, and representatives from various industries actively participate. Community-based nurse education initiatives are essential to protect, preserve, and advance community health.Community members can therefore be invited to learning sessions conducted by healthcare professionals to educate people on different aspects that will promote their wellbeing and minimize the chances of falling sick.
Community-engaged research is a crucial theoretical and empirical paradigm for assessing collaborations between academics and the community and creating the best behavioral and health treatment plans. Best practices for community engagement are still being sought via research, a global priority for public health. By collaborating with researchers, practitioners may be motivated to embrace or apply scientific evidence as a guide for practice. Service users may also be encouraged to trust the services provided (Haldane et al., 2019). Abuse by researchers who have taken part in the stigmatization of the communities they study is against professional, ethical standards that demand that service users receive up-to-date services and practitioners use current knowledge in their daily practices. This process can help foster trust and consensus on priorities.
Successful community engagement methods enable healthcare companies to broaden their approach to enhancing community health. Participating in the community may help to fundamentally address socio-economic issues, which are the root causes of many health issues. Healthcare institutions can improve health outcomes and reduce service costs by collaborating with regional partners to address such socio-economic problems.
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Zeydani, A., Atashzadeh-Shoorideh, F., Abdi, F., Hosseini, M., Zohari-Anboohi, S., & Skerrett, V. (2021). Effect of community-based education on undergraduate nursing students’ skills: A systematic review. BMC Nursing, 20(1), 233. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12912-021-00755-4
Yaite Cordova Santiesteban – Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 12:46 PM
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There are different levels of commitment of nurses to the community they serve. A commitment that is born in them as a person and as professionals. A clear pleasure, which leads them to offer a quality service. Where its main objective has always been and will be the well-being and safety of patients.
The commitments with the community go beyond a temporary relationship, it refers to achieving together, those results that benefit everyone. Nursing professionals have something in their favor, and that is that they work directly with the population, directly feel their ills, deficiencies and needs, so they can interact more deeply with them, propose actions that lead to an effective result. Assessing, diagnosing, and proposing actions is a basis that is always aimed at solving or alleviating health conditions.
Nursing professionals get involved with their community by making a detailed study of their population and working on a group basis. Discussing directly with each patient about their health conditions and offering talks and actions aimed at improving their lifestyles and health specifically.
They are also in charge of managing with social and government groups, everything that is of vital importance to offer an adequate service. In addition, new reforms or laws are negotiated to benefit the population and the nurse as such. (Li, B., Li, Z., & Wan, Q. 2019).
They also work as a team with the rest of the health professionals, together they support the patients, and make sure that they receive the best service or assistance.
Li, B., Li, Z., & Wan, Q. (2019). Effects of work practice environment, work engagement and work pressure on turnover intention among community health nurses: Mediated Moderation Model. Journal of advanced nursing, 75(12), 3485-3494.
Schroeder, K., Garcia, B., Phillips, R. S., & Lipman, T. H. (2019). Addressing social determinants of health through community engagement: An undergraduate nursing course. Journal of Nursing Education, 58(7), 423-426. DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20190614-07.
Carmen Beck – Monday, July 11, 2022, 3:08 AM
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Most Effective Levels of Nurse Engagements in Communities
Nurse engagement is an important process in the health care industry. Through nurse engagements, nurses are able to provide safe and quality care to patients and the community at large. Also, nurse engagement provides a platform through which nurses can be able to learn, understand and appreciate their profession in providing healthcare services (Dempsey & Reilly, 2016). There are several levels of engagements in which nurses can participate in. Some of the most effective levels of nurse engagements include leadership. This is one of the most effective levels of nurse engagement and through which a community can benefit most. When nurses engage in leadership roles, they are able to lead their colleagues and people behind them in an effective manner. In addition, they are able to provide clear direction to the community. Through this leadership, nurses are able to provide safe and quality health care services. In addition to safe and quality health care services, they are able to instill morals and disciplines to the community.
Facilitating learning is another most effective level of nurse engagement through which nurses can be able to provide for the community. Learning is one of the most effective tool in liberating people or the community from bad behavior, negative thinking among other negative things in the society. By facilitating learning, the community can be able to acquire knowledge that can help them to understand and appreciate the role of nurses and care services. Learning can be facilitated through several ways. This includes providing learning platforms like seminars, conferences among others. Promoting learning through health promotion is another important way of facilitating learning (Sharma, 2021).
Community engagements through screening as well as clinical diagnosis and treatment is another effective way through which nurses can engage. This can be through attending to patients to patients and providing clinical advice on how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Organizing screening events in the community through which the community is able to know their health status is an important way of nurse engagement.
Engaging in evidence based-research and development is another effective way of nurse engagement. Today, research and development forms the backbone of addressing and dealing with the emergence of new diseases (Salazar et al., 2015). Nurses therefore are able to engage with the community through evidence based-research and development which can in turn help the community live a healthy and happy life.
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