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Faith in Action: Serving Single Moms

Briggs, Crista L.; Lovan, Sherry; Cornell, Audrey

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e31822b839d
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In 2009, female-headed households represented 29.9% (4.4 million) of all U.S. families, with many living below the poverty line. A church in Bowling Green, Kentucky, began a Single Mothers' Oil Change service, incorporating health screening by nurses using Pender's Health Promotion Model. Nurses are equipped to identify health barriers and offer health promotion guidance and social support to single, low-income women.

What do single mothers, oil changes, and health promotion have in common? See how these nurses made the connection.

Crista L. Briggs, EdD, RN, CNE, is an Assistant Professor at Western Kentucky University School of Nursing, Bowling Green, KY.

Sherry Lovan, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor at Western Kentucky University School of Nursing.

Audrey Cornell, PhD, RN, CNE, is an Assistant Professor at Western Kentucky University School of Nursing.

"My day starts early and ends late. I work full-time, am raising a family without help, and drop into bed most nights with the weight of the world on my shoulders. I feel alone. Where can I go for help?" (A single mom)

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