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Keywords:

  • community health nursing development;
  • Latvia;
  • interpretive phenomenology

Nurses discovering the practice and creating the tradition of community health nursing without mentors or forerunners have to learn from the practice itself and from each other. Data in the phenomenologic study of 17 Latvian community health nurses (CHNs) consisted of group and individual interviews and observation of practice with families. The focus of this article is the situated practice of nurses in the new role of primary care CHN, revealed through clinical stories that give voice to nurses in a particular historical and social context. The stories of the nurses in this article provide evidence of a growing ability to practice from a health promotion/prevention focus and engage with families and neighborhoods. The practice is still developing, and at this point nurses are not drawing on experience with families to identify and care for vulnerable populations.