Community as Client: A Challenge for Nursing Education

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  • Janet McKnight R.N., M.H.Sc.,

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    1. Janet McKnight and Leslie Van Dover are associate professors, McMaster University, School of Nursing.
      Address correspondence to Janet McKnight, School of Nursing HSC-2J22, McMaster University. 1200 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8N 3Z5.
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  • Leslie Van Dover R.N., Ph.D.

    1. Janet McKnight and Leslie Van Dover are associate professors, McMaster University, School of Nursing.
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Address correspondence to Janet McKnight, School of Nursing HSC-2J22, McMaster University. 1200 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8N 3Z5.

Abstract

Abstract The mandate of public health departments has been, and continues to be, to provide and deliver a variety of health programs and services pertinent to local circumstances and needs. Public health nurses are the largest group of health care professionals who deliver these services. The objectives of this paper are to identify what policy makers expect of public health nurses related to community development for health, and to describe the educational components necessary for baccalaureate nursing curricula if these expectations are to be met.

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