Community Role Model

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In today's generation, the continuous and rapid innovation in the nation's health care system, coupled with rising health costs, has led to numerous health disparities among communities (Mason, 2016). The role of the community health nurse is to promote health by aiming a goal to enhance the well-being of the community and to advocate for policies that will help enhance the health care access (Yui, 2016). However, nurses need to assess the community first before promoting health because each community faces different health and environmental problems. Thus, this paper will analyze the health status of the Sunset community by identifying its strengths and weaknesses, and utilizing the application of community-as-partner model, which is associated…show more content…
This framework is designed to help the nurse with gathering information and identifying potential challenges of the community. After collecting the data, the nurse will be able to examine the information to create a plan based on the identified issue. Once the plan is implemented, the nurse will have an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan by verifying if the desired health outcomes are attained (Yui, 2016). When assessing a community, the nurse can use various methods on how to collect data such as environmental scan, needs assessment, problem investigation, and resource evaluation (Yui, 2016). These four methods are used in combination to assess the Sunset community such as collecting information from various government websites, and articles which contain statistics that has quantitative and qualitative data (Yui, 2016). Community assessment is important when determining which social determinants of health are affected in a specific community. In the following paragraph, the writer will explore the community-as-partner model by defining key terms and connecting the model with the community nursing…show more content…
214). There are eight subsystems that may influenced the health outcomes of the core, which can either be positive or negative. The subsystems include the following: “physical environment, education, safety and transportation, politics and government, health and social services, communication, economics, and recreation” (Vollman, 2012, p. 215). In the model, there are solid lines around the core, which are identified as the “normal line of defense (NLD)” (Vollman, 2012, p. 215). These lines represent the collection of data from the assessment, which determines the health status of the community like injury and disease prevalence (Vollman, 2012). Then, the “lines of resistance (LRs)” (Vollman, 2012, p.215) are placed within the subsystems to defend the core in the model. These lines are identified as assets and strengths of the community, which protect the members from a stressor (Vollman, 2012). A stressor is “tension-producing stimuli that have the potential of causing disruption in the community” (Vollman, 2012, p. 216). Lastly, the other unbroken line surrounding the NLD is called “flexible line of defense (FLD” (Vollman, 2012, p.216). These lines are short-term reactions to the stressors, which represents the resiliency of the community (Vollman,
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