What is a community nurse?

In this article we’ll explore what a community nurse is and why they are currently in high demand.

What is a community nurse?

A community nurse, also known as a public health nurse or district nurse (in some regions), is a registered nurse who works primarily outside of hospital settings, providing healthcare services directly to patients and families within their communities. Their role involves delivering a range of healthcare services, health education, and promoting wellness and disease prevention within the community they serve.

What are their responsibilities?

Key responsibilities of a community nurse may include:

– Primary healthcare: Providing basic medical care, such as wound dressing, administering medications, and monitoring vital signs.

– Health promotion and education: Educating individuals and communities about healthy lifestyle choices, disease prevention, and managing chronic conditions.

– Disease Prevention and Control: Implementing public health initiatives, such as vaccination programs and screenings for diseases like diabetes or hypertension.

– Home Visits: Conducting home visits to assess the health needs of individuals, provide care, and support family members in caregiving roles.

– Coordination of Care: Collaborating with other healthcare professionals, social services, and community organizations to ensure holistic care and support for patients.

– Advocacy: Acting as an advocate for patients and their families, ensuring they have access to appropriate healthcare services and resources.

– Support for Vulnerable Populations: Providing specialized care and support for vulnerable groups such as the elderly, disabled individuals, or those with mental health issues.

Overall, community nurses play a crucial role in promoting health and well-being within communities, bridging the gap between healthcare services and the people who need them, particularly those who may face barriers to accessing traditional healthcare settings.

What makes a good community nurse?

As a nurse out in the community, they’re classed as lone workers, limited support at hand so they have to be quick thinking and take action fast.the NHS has done some great work with the overseas recruitment

however the difference with a nurse in the hospital to a nurse in the community is the on hand support as and when you need it, also most community trusts would require a car driver due to the distances from patient to patient.

Can community nurses work flexibly?

Yes community nurses can work flexibly through the Florence app. Nurses can choose and book the shifts, when, where and how often they want. They can also block book shifts where there is availability.

Why are we seeing an increase in community nurses shifts nation wide?

Nurses within the community help to keep hospital admissions down, freeing up beds for critical cases and preventing long admission times.

The district and community nurse demographic, is also ageing meaning there are less available nurses as they reach retirement age.

One thing with Community is you cant cover with limited staff, and nurses should only have a list of patients from 8-12 per day dealing with patients daily. with that being said the increase in demand for community nurses has sky rocketed across the country.

How do I join Florence to find flexible community nursing shifts?

Download the app to register with Florence. Once you’ve filled in your profile on the app, one of our team will be in touch to guide you through the onboarding process.

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