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The Evolution of Pediatric Community Nursing in the State of Mississippi

Kolar, Kathryn R. RN, PhD, CPNP; Wilkerson, Robin R. RNC, PhD(c); Northington, LaDonna K. RNC, DNS, CCRN

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Pediatric community nursing has evolved and changed throughout the last 50 years. This article follows the development of pediatric nursing as a specialty area within public health and shows its impact on nursing practice, care provision, and health policy determination. This article also traces the influence of earlier methods of care provision on current trends within pediatric nursing today.

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Women's and Children's Health, School of Nursing, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi (Kolar)

Assistant Professor, Department of Women's and Children's Health, School of Nursing, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi (Wilkerson)

Assistant Professor, Department of Women's and Children's Health, School of Nursing, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi (Northington)

The authors wish to express appreciation to Jane Youngue Wood for her editorial assistance in this article.

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.