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Advances in Nursing Science:
doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000311527.35446.4c
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Analyzing the State of Community Health Nursing: Advancing From Deficit to Strengths‐Based Practice Using Appreciative Inquiry

Lind, Candace PhD, RN; Smith, Dawn PhD, RN

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In this article we critically analyze the disconnect between much of the contemporary discourse and practice in Canadian community health nursing (CHN) that has contributed to the slow progress of strengths-based, health-promoting nursing practice. Appreciative inquiry philosophy and methods are introduced as a bridge to traverse this disciplinary gap. Two exemplars show how appreciative, strengths-based CHN research and action can move policies and programs toward more socially just practices congruent with CHN values. Exciting potential for nursing knowledge may arise from incorporating more strengths-based approaches into practice, education, policy, and research.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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