A Textbook of Community Nursing is a comprehensive and evidence-based introduction covering the full range of professional topics, including professional approaches to care, public health, eHealth, therapeutic relationships and the role of community nursing in mental health. The new edition has been updated throughout, including new guidelines and policies. It also provides a stronger focus on evidence-based practice.


This user-friendly and accessible textbook includes:

  • Current theory, policy, and guidelines for practice. All chapters are underpinned by a strong evidence base;
  • Learning objectives for each chapter, plus exercises and activities to test current understanding, promote reflective practice, and encourage further reading;
  • Case studies and examples from practice which draw on all branches of community nursing to illustrate practical application of theory.

This is an essential text for all pre-registration nursing students, students on specialist community nursing courses, and qualified nurses entering community practice for the first time.

chapter 1|24 pages

Nursing in a community environment

BySue Chilton

chapter 2|20 pages

Public health and the promotion of well-being

ByFiona Baguley

chapter 3|23 pages

Professional approaches to care

ByJo Skinner

chapter 4|21 pages

Managing risk

ByJayne Murphy, Debra Smith

chapter 5|21 pages

Therapeutic relationships

ByJacqueline Corbett, Patricia Wilson, Sue Miller

chapter 6|22 pages

Care across the lifespan

ByHelen McVeigh

chapter 7|15 pages

Community nursing assessment

ByHelen Gough

chapter 8|16 pages

The role of the community nurse in mental health

BySue Chilton, Heather Bain

chapter 9|19 pages

Carers: The keystone of communities and families

BySally Sprung, Fiona Baguley

chapter 10|18 pages

Spirituality: A neglected aspect of care

ByAnn Clarridge

chapter 11|19 pages

Collaborative working: Benefits and barriers

BySally Sprung, Sue Harness

chapter 12|26 pages

Approaches to acute care in the community

ByNicola Brownie

chapter 13|22 pages

Emerging issues in long-term conditions

ByLois Seddon

chapter 14|22 pages

Providing quality care at the end of life

ByGina King

chapter 15|29 pages

Organisation and management of care

ByJill Y. Gould

chapter 16|24 pages

Leading quality, person-centred care in the community

ByCaroline A.W. Dickson

chapter 17|19 pages


ByHeather Bain

chapter 18|23 pages

Development of community nursing in the context of changing times

ByAnne Smith, Debbie Brown