The Upper Valley Community Nursing Project (UVCNP) is based on a holistic philosophy of nursing that dates back to the mid 19th century. It was a time when nurses focused on the health of individuals, families, and groups within a specific community.
It was also a time when the care of individuals was driven by need and not by reimbursement.
The focus of the UVCNP is the health of older individuals in communities drawn together by commonalities such as location, religious affiliation, social connections, or fraternal association.
The overarching goal of the UVCNP is to add a health professional to the informal network of volunteers already providing care for elders. We aim to help elders remain independent and living at home and to facilitate the placement of a nurse in a community where she or he can best address non acute needs of elders at home. The most familiar example of a Community Nurse (CN) caring for elders is the Parish Nurse.
The target population for this project are elders who are aging in place and may need additional support from a CN—a health professional knowledgeable about problem solving and the health care system. Elders will benefit from the CN’s personal appreciation of the their life circumstances. Elders will also benefit from the CN’s knowledge of community resources and case-management skills. An added benefit is the nurse’s added ability to work as part of a team that includes volunteers committed to supporting elders as they age in place. The CN will complement and enhance other community initiatives as well as more traditional health care services (Visiting Nurse Associations).
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY NURSE?
A CN is an licensed clinician who is a member of a particular community and who has years of healthcare experience. He or she may be paid by the community or may volunteer time. He or she will not provide hands-on nursing care, but will assist the elder and family members in seeking additional care if needed, and in helping to provide continuity of care.
HOW UVCNP WORKS
To help reach our goals, the UVCNP will :
A COMMUNITY NURSE ROLE