Now in its 3rd year, the ACN Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week is held annually to raise awareness of the current and potential contribution of community and primary health care nursing to the health care system and highlight its impact on the wellbeing of individuals and those in local communities.
The 2017 Community & Primary Health Care Nursing Week will be held from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 September 2017.
Community and Primary Health Care nurses are enrolled nurses, registered nurses and nurse practitioners whose work settings may include hospital-affiliated clinics, community health centres, homes, schools, prisons, maternal and child health centres, and a range of other health service settings.
Community and Primary Health Care nursing practice includes health promotion, illness prevention, treatment and care of the sick, advocacy and rehabilitation (APHCRI 2009). The provision of Community and Primary Health Care Nursing supports individuals to more effectively manage their well-being within their communities and improve health outcomes (Keleher 2001).
Community and Primary Health Care Nursing (CPHCN) makes an important contribution to health care however its current and potential contribution is not well recognised by politicians, the nursing professions, the broader healthcare community and the general public. Raising the awareness of CPHCN supports the shifting of care from the acute to the primary health care sector.
Nurses lead and provide care in many community-based health services across the country, striving to improve equity of access for the hardest to reach communities and promoting the integration of health care delivered by a range of services.
“Jackie (Regal Nurse) gives you a feeling of security. She knows what she is doing, she lets you know when she is coming next time”
“The Regal Nurse would make sure I was dry – even between my toes.”
“The Occupational Therapist in the hospital defined all the in home care we had to have – one of the Nurses recommended Regal and said they provided 7 day care. I got in touch and we went from there”
“If I lost him (the Regal Nurse) I’d feel bereft. It’s almost like when you are a soldier, you have that mentality of a band of brothers”
“Herb (Regal Nurse) is very caring.”
“I could not fault the service. All the nurses were pleasant and very efficient. All the staff were very obliging and attentive”
“I found the nurses to be very helpful and caring”
“I am very happy with the treatment I have received from the Regal Community Nurses”
“In the environment in which you are delivering services to the community, the ideas of others I thought were enlightening and I felt that you showed a keen awareness to listen and learn.”
“Your staff were efficient, courteous and knowledgeable. This was a great service enabling me a limited stay in hospital. Grateful to use your service twice this year – I am so glad I only have two knees! Thank You”
“As the grand-daughter of a soldier who served In both World Wars I and II, I feel privileged to lead a home health service that cares for so many whose lives have been impacted by war”
“At all times Regal Health Services has displayed excellent interaction with the patients. We always find the staff display the highest professional integrity”
“Regal believes in quality and is prepared to be publicly scrutinized to attest to this quality in process and performance”
“I am a 91-year-old ex-serviceman and have been receiving help from Regal Health Services for some considerable time and I can’t speak highly enough of the health benefits I have received from them. My Nurse has helped me recover from numerous accidental falls on discharge from a hospital. Her happy disposition and general demeanor has a psychological healing effect in itself”
“I had three uncles who served in World War II who shared with me their many experiences of war and wisdom passed down through generations. I am grateful for the many sacrifices our war veterans have made that allow us our freedom today”
“Regal have been market leaders for 2 generations in promoting consumer empowerment and registered nurse led professional care in community health. Their commitment to measurable quality outcomes and sheared decision making promoting innovative models of care is outstanding. I can only wish them success as the real winners are the recipients of care in their homes.”