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Faculty of Nursing, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India
Received date: October 12, 2015; Accepted date: October 19, 2015; Published date: October 26, 2015
Citation: Chhugani M (2015) ‘Public Health Nursing- From Narrow to a Broader Perspective’. J Comm Pub Health Nursing 1:e107. doi:10.4172/2471-9846.1000e107
Copyright: © 2015 Chhugani M. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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On behalf of the Editorial Board, it gives me immense pleasure to welcome you to the inaugural issue of the Journal of Community and Public Health Nursing. With great pride, enthusiasm, and anticipation, I invite you to read the inaugural issue of the Journal of Community and Public Health Nursing. Our team has firm belief that high-quality research is fundamental ingredient for developing policy and improving practice. Journal of Community and Public Health Nursing has been launched with the aim that this journal becomes a platform to disseminate research findings; to encourage young minds to engage with and be inspired by outstanding research. In the midst of the plethora of academic journals, I hope this journal will become the journal of choice for everyone related to public health nursing.
It is my expectation that this journal will give our proficient field an academic voice and an arena for dialogue that will move us forward clinically and academically. As such, we encourage submission of evidence-based original research focused on the wide range of public health issues.
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By the very virtue of India being the world’s largest democracy, its geographical size and high population of 1.28 billion, it has to encounter a variety of issues related to Community and Public health. The government has initiated a lot many programs to tackle the challenge but the effectiveness of these programs is hindered by the fact that Health is a state subject while Centre only enacts laws. The states lack to have a clear-cut policy on public health. The strategies of the states are mostly guided by the National Health Policy and the National Programs. Besides; there is no comprehensive legislation on environment and health. However, the State will have to play a central role in helping develop an organized system of health care as against the prevailing laissez-faire approach. The existing health care services will have to be restructured under a defined system. To facilitate such restructuring a well-defined system of rules and regulations will have to be put in place so that minimum standards and quality care are assured under a system. Thus the handshake between policy and implementation continue to be a difficult task to be addressed.
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