Applying Critical Theories to Nursing in Communities

Authors

  • Patricia E. Stevens R.N., M.A.,

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    1. University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing, Department of Mental Health, Community, and Administrative Nursing. Both authors are Ph.D candidates.
      *Address correspondence to Patricia E. Stevens, 1612 Noriega Street, San Francisco, CA 94122. Telephone (415) 664-6823.
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  • Joanne M. Hall R.N., M.A.

    1. University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing, Department of Mental Health, Community, and Administrative Nursing. Both authors are Ph.D candidates.
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*Address correspondence to Patricia E. Stevens, 1612 Noriega Street, San Francisco, CA 94122. Telephone (415) 664-6823.

Abstract

Abstract Public health realities in the United States indicate that unsafe physical surroundings, oppressive social arrangements, economic impoverishment, and political disenfran chisement threaten the safety and well-being of countless aggregates. To affect change in health-damaging conditions, nurses are urged to join with vulnerable groups, working together to expose oppressive situations and take action. As a guide for such emancipatory practice, the use of critical the ories as the conceptual basis for community health nursing is advocated.

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