Discussions regarding health care ethics often focus on situations encountered in acute care settings. A review of the literature about ethics in community health reveals the need for more attention to ethical situations in community health. Community health nurses, concerned about the health of the community, balance the needs of individuals and the community at large. For example, an individual may be quarantined so that others will not be put at risk. These issues become evident when examining communicable disease epidemics locally and globally.
Community health nursing includes home health care. Canadian health care funding pays for medical and hospital care. As result, the burden of care for people in the h9ome is often carried by family caregivers. Home care nurses who, in the past, provided direct care to home care clients now provide support to caregivers in managing complex situations. There is a need for rebalancing of the priorities in health care funding to include supportive care for persons living with disabilities and debilitating illness. I will discuss these matters further in future blogs.