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Community nursing

Community health nurses work with people and their families to help prevent disease, maintain health and treat any existing health problems.

Community nursing aims to support and maintain patient independence, safety and healthy lifestyle, at the same time as providing assistance to carers.

Services a community health nurse is able to provide include:

  • care after a hospital stay
  • general nursing care, including assistance with chronic conditions
  • 'hospital in the home' services, which provide hospital type care outside of the hospital
  • palliative care nursing assistance, for people who have a life limiting illness and require support to stay at home
  • wound management.

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Last reviewed: July 2016

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Caring in the Community

All of us live in communities. They reflect what we do, who we work with and who we spend time with. Many people when they are seriously ill prefer the comfort and familiarity of their home, friends and usual activities. They are often supported not only by doctors and community nurses but by family, friends, neighbours and acquaintances who provide care and social support.

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Paid Careworkers In The Home

When someone is being cared for at home there can be a lot of people involved. Sometimes paid care workers will also come in to provide support.

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Changes at the Time of Death

Many people have little or no prior experience of dying and death. As a person approaches death, they will be likely to experience a variety of changes, such as decreasing energy and being easily tired.

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Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning

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New State Forms for use by Audiometry Nurses in Community Based Hearing Services - NSW Health

New State Forms for use by Audiometry Nurses in Community Based Hearing Services , The information bulletin provides advice regarding the availability of revised state forms for use by Audiometry Nursing services in Community Health settings.

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Palliative Care Approach

At some point you may need tocare for a patient, client, or people in your community who are unwell and not going to get better

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Immediately After a Death

The time following a death differs depending on the circumstances.Family and friends will often help during this time, or sometimes provide support just by being around.

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Rural and Remote

There can be a range of needs for rural palliative care patients and their families, including access to palliative care services, information about illness, practical care and support

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The Role of Specialist Palliative Care

Not everyone needs to see specialist palliative care or hospice services.For those with complex needs, being referred early to a palliative care service can be helpful. Palliative care services work with health professionals in the community. They also work alongside other specialist services such as cancer, cardiac, and renal services.

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Carer Needs Tool

Carer Tool Introduction

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