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Community nursing

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

Community nurses aim to support and maintain patient independence, safety and a healthy lifestyle, at the same time as helping a patient’s carer.

A community health nurse is able to provide services including:

  • 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: August 2020

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