The Nurse's First Visit
Article first published online: 4 MAR 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Public Health Nursing
Volume 30, Issue 2, pages 177–180, March/April 2013
How to Cite
Foley, E. L. (2013), The Nurse's First Visit. Public Health Nursing, 30: 177–180. doi: 10.1111/phn.12020
- Issue published online: 4 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 4 MAR 2013
- nursing history
Home visiting was an important component of the Public Health Nurse's (PHN) role in the early twentieth century. In this reprint, originally published in 1918 and reprinted in 1926, Edna Foley discusses the significance of the first visit the PHN makes to a family. Critical themes in the paper include the importance of first impressions, communication and observation skills, obtaining the statistical data needed by the agency and collaboration with other community social service agencies. Many of the themes and strategies discussed by Foley are cogent to PHNs and visiting nurses in the contemporary health care arena.