Population and Community Health Nursing

Prentice Hall
Mary Jo Clark  
Total pages
October 2014
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The community/population health/public health nurse is charged with promoting the health of populations, not only the individuals within populations. This requires advocacy on the part of the nurse, for entire communities as well as for the individuals within. The long-awaited sixth edition of Population-based & Community Health Nursing by respected leader and educator Mary Jo Clark has been thoroughly updated with an even stronger population-based nursing approach. Population-based & Community Health Nursing, 6e continues to approach population-based/community health nursing from an aggregate perspective, clearly showing how nurses can serve to improve the health of populations within a community by functioning as advocates on many levels. To illustrate how that can be manifested, real-life vignettes begin every chapter, showing students what advocacy looks like in the public health context.  In each chapter, clinical reasoning exercises are woven throughout in boxed features.


Below are key features of Population and Community Health Nursing, 6e:

  • Content regarding issue of nursing shortage (nationally and globally)
  • Healthy People 2020: Goals for Population Health: The tables in this feature present relevant Healthy People 2020 objectives with information on baseline data and targets as well as the current status. Special icons draw attention to content related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives and often direct readers to the Healthy People 2020 data web site for more information or current data.
  • Evidence-Based Practice: These boxes present research findings related to chapter topics or stimulate reader examination of the evidence base that underlies a specific aspect of community health nursing practice. It also poses questions that provoke thinking about incorporating research into practice.
  • Global Perspectives: This feature focuses on the relevance of global issues on the content covered in the chapter by presenting an international view of population health.  It explores some aspect of chapter content as it relates to one or more other countries or to a worldwide view of a topic related to community health nursing.
  • Cultural Competence: These features point out cultural factors relevant to chapter content and promote consideration of cultural influences on health and illness and the effects of cultural beliefs and values on health care delivery. They encourage readers to examine the effects of their own personal and professional cultural traditions, as well as those of clients, on health, illness, and nurse-client interactions, aiding them in clinical practice.
  • Client Education: These features identify important content for educating clients and the public regarding particular health issues and topics.
  • Focused Assessment: These boxes present a series of questions that assist readers in conducting health assessments focused on a particular client, specific population groups, or particular aspects of care. They help students to tailor their nursing assessment to the specific needs of the client population, setting, or health problem addressed in the chapter.
  • “Chapter Recap” at end of each chapter
  • New to this Edition

    • New title, reflects the course and new edition focus on population health
    • New chapter: Care of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Population (Chapter 20)
    • Re-introduced chapter: Epidemiology and Population Health: this is a population-based topic that was removed in the previous edition that returns in this edition to support the population health focus of the book (Chapter 3)
    • Updated Evidence Based Practice studies
    • Relevant chapters updated to reflect Healthy People 2020
    • Inclusion of Patient Care Act/Health Care Reform Bill and its relevance within specific populations
    • All chapters have been updated with most recent references including most current evidence base, statistics, examples, application to real-life events, and essential content for students and instructors
    • Table of Contents has been reordered to reflect better organization of content

    Table of Contents

    Unit 1 Population Health Nursing: An Overview
    Chapter 1 Population Health and Nursing
    Chapter 2 Population Health Nursing: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
    Chapter 3 Epidemiology and Population Health Nursing
    Unit 2 Influences on Population Health
    Chapter 4 Environmental Influences on Population Health
    Chapter 5 Cultural Influences on Population Health
    Chapter 6 Economic Influences on Population Health
    Chapter 7 Health System Influences on Population Health
    Chapter 8 Global Influences on Population Health
    Unit 3 Population Health Nursing Strategies
    Chapter 9 Political Strategies
    Chapter 10 Community Empowerment Strategies
    Chapter 11 Health Promotion and Education Strategies
    Chapter 12 Case Management Strategies
    Chapter 13 Home Visits as a Population Health Nursing Strategy
    Unit 4 Nursing Care of Special Populations
    Chapter 14 Care of Families
    Chapter 15 Care of Communities and Target Populations
    Chapter 16 Care of Child and Adolescent Populations
    Chapter 17 Care of Men
    Chapter 18 Care of Women
    Chapter 19 Care of the Older Population
    Chapter 20 Care of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations
    Chapter 21 Care of Poor and Homeless Populations
    Chapter 22 Care of School Populations
    Chapter 23 Care of Employee Populations
    Chapter 24 Care of Correctional Population
    Chapter 25 Care of Populations Affected by Disaster


    Mary Jo Clark, PhD, RN, PHN, has been practicing and teaching population health nursing for 50 years. After completing her BSN degree at the University of San Francisco, she received her introduction to global population health nursing as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Vita, India, a rural town with a population of about 3,000. Returning to the United States, Dr. Clark employed her cross-cultural expertise as a Public Health Nurse in the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. In 1973, she became a pediatric nurse practitioner, and later began teaching population health nursing at East Tennessee State University. She completed a master’s degree as a community health clinical nurse specialist at Texas Women’s University and a PhD in nursing at the University of Texas at Austin. Moving with her army nurse husband to Augusta, Georgia, she taught graduate and undergraduate population health at the Medical College of Georgia. For the past 29 years, Dr. Clark has taught at baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels at the University of San Diego, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. In addition to her full-time teaching and writing, Dr. Clark has maintained an active population health nursing practice. She is well known in the population health nursing field and has provided consultation and made presentations across the country and overseas. Her many and varied experiences in population health nursing in the United States and abroad form the core of the material presented in this book.