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TEAM NURSING IN A GENERALIZED PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING PROGRAM (that does not include bedside care). An ABSTRACT

Rosella Cunningham
Canadian Journal of Public Health / Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
Vol. 62, No. 3 (May/June 1971), pp. 242-244
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41984665
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Since World War II, the Borough of Scarborough has changed very rapidly. A large suburban area has developed, bringing with it a marked increase in population from 41,216 in 1949 to 291,235 in 1969 and all the facilities (such as schools) that accompany community expansion. This has resulted in the need for increased numbers of public health personnel to carry out the programs offered to all age groups. During this time the content, emphasis and cost of nursing programs have also been changing rapidly. The study on team nursing was proposed because the recent escalating demands for health services, and the increasing complexity and cost of programs to meet such demands, necessitated careful scrutiny of health services. In November 1968, the Scarborough Health Department raised the following questions: Does the team approach provide: a) a higher quality of nursing care? b) a more effective and economical use of present nursing staff? c) greater stimulus and opportunity for each level of nurse to carry out activities appropriate to her preparation? d) for professional growth? The purpose of the study was to ascertain if the use of the team in the delivery of public health nursing service facilitated increased quantity and quality of care as compared to the traditional approach. The report of this study may be obtained by writing The Director of Public Health Nursing, Scarborough Department of Health, 2001 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario.

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