What areas do you see community health nurses addressing in the future in local communities?  Resource: http://journals.lww.com/ajnonline/fulltext/2009/01001/community_health_nursing.5.aspx

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Let me start off by saying that in the future, public health nurses will probably play a greater role in many different areas. The idea of a nurse serving a population instead of an individual has great merit. 

One area of problem that I see in community is poor diet. Too many people in my community have little knowledge about eating properly. This is a problem, because poor eating in the long run will lead to many health issues. For this reason, education and prevention of diseases will be important - not to mention very cost effective. 

In light of this, public health nurses can play a vital role. First, they can monitor unhealthy trends in communities. In other words, they can pinpoint areas of concern. Second, they can start a campaign to educate communities in this area and other areas. Third, they can also partner with local governments to make these program even more effective.