11. Public Health and School Health Nursing of Children with Special Healthcare Needs

  1. Linda L. Eddy
  1. Phyllis Eide

Published Online: 20 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783290.ch11

Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families

Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families

How to Cite

Eide, P. (2013) Public Health and School Health Nursing of Children with Special Healthcare Needs, in Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families (ed L. L. Eddy), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783290.ch11

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813820828

Online ISBN: 9781118783290

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Keywords:

  • children with special health needs (CSHCN);
  • community health nursing roles;
  • evidence-based home visiting programs;
  • public health nursing;
  • school health nursing

Summary

Assuring adequate maternal child health (MCH) is a key factor in laying the foundation for healthy adulthood. Two areas of nursing practice of MCH, and the subset population of children with special health needs (CSHCN), are school health nursing and public health nursing. This chapter reviews the historical context of both areas of nursing as they relate to care of CSHCN. It talks about the varying roles associated with public health and school health. A discussion of case management and evidence-based home visiting programs is included, along with a review of key resources available to professionals and families of CSHCN. In conclusion, both public health and school health realms of nursing practice are crucial for success in meeting the healthcare and educational needs of the CSHCN population and their families. As changing attitudes about the disabled evolve through legislation, nursing practice is challenged to stretch and evolve as well.