Differences in Nursing
Write a 2-3 page (not including title and reference) paper in 6th edition APA
format. What are the similarities and differences between parish nursing and the role of
other nurses in community health? Do the standards, functions, and roles differ between
parish nursing and regular practice?
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Nursing is a profession in the health sector focusing on the care of the community,
individuals and also the families for the purpose of attaining quality life (Kosevich et al, 2014).
There is a wide diversity of practice areas under which the nurses perform their roles. Nurses
protect, optimize and also promote the health and abilities of the individuals and the community.
The nurses also help in the alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatments
administered (Kosevich et al, 2014). The main role and function performed by the nurses in the
profession is care provision. There are different types of nurses in the nursing profession. In this
case, the community or public health nurses and the parish nurses will be explored in this paper.
The area of specialization, roles and functions are the biggest contributing factors to the different
types of nurses in the nursing profession. The parish nursing will combine health ministry and
professionalism. The nurses emphasize on healing within a community of faith. Public health is a
focused population practice that works to improve the overall health of the community and
safeguarding people’s safety (Driscoll et al, 2015).
There are some similarities and some identifiable differences although not so distinct as
they all fall under the nursing profession. There is the similarity in the role of the two types of
nurses in that both try to ensure there are sufficient education and resource allocations to the
community. The two nursing professions have the role of providing interdisciplinary programs
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that anticipate, monitor and also give responses to the community and individuals (Kosevich et
al, 2015). They perform the same role as health educators. The health screening role performed
by the public health nurses is also incorporated into the practices performed by parish nurses as
they carry out health advocation. Both the parish and public health nurses assist the individuals
to navigate through healthcare systems. The parish and public health nurses perform the same
role of infections control in their different areas of work (Driscoll et al, 2015). Group leadership
is another common role performed by both the parish and public community nurses. There are
also emerging differences in the roles performed by the two type of nurse. However, the
differences are not very substantive. The main difference between the two types of nurses is that
parish nurses provide care to people in their religious community.
While the community health nurses aim at the provision of care and services to the entire
community, the parish nurse only focuses on the church population (Kosevich et al, 2014). The
public community health nurses provide invasive screening procedures while hands-on care and
services by parish nurses are non-invasive services. The parish nurses are focused on health
promotion and outreach during their time in service without much emphasis on implementation
and utilization of services. Contrary to that, the community health nurses spend most of their
time in ensuring evaluation of services and also their utilization (Driscoll et al, 2015). The parish
nurses have their roles conscious of partnering the health issues with the individuals or family’s
faith. The public health community is focused on the general health of individuals with no faith
consideration at any one time. Most of the parish nurses are volunteer roles in the health sector
while the public community health nurses perform paid roles in their profession (Kosevich et al,
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Standards of practice in other nurses are also intended to be used by the parish nurses.
The difference in functions and standard of practice arise due to specialization factors. The
differences between the nurses are brought about by the roles performed by each. The standards
are the same in the two type of nursing. The standards include professional practice and
accountability in their work, holistic nursing care and also ensure evidence-informed practice
(Kosevich et al, 2014). Collaboration, communication and advocacy of ethics is another standard
common in both the parish and public nursing. The standard for facilitation of spiritual care
stands out among the parish nurses. The main function of parish nurses is the integration of faith
in health activities. The main function of the regular nurses is the provision of assurances, the
assessments and also policy development in the health sector (Drsicoll et al, 2015). The main
functions in each show the differences between parish nurses from other regular practice nurses.
The only major reason that makes the parish nurses differ from those in the regular practice is
because they are practices are religious oriented.
In a nutshell, the assessment of the function, roles, and standards in the two type of
nursing reveals that there are more similarities than differences in both. The distinctive
difference is brought about by the specialization of parish nurses on health matters while
incorporating religious matters (Kosevich et al, 2014). The collaboration of the parish nurses and
regular health practice in their practices will improve performance in care delivery and provision
of all services to individuals and the general community (Driscoll et al, 2015).
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