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District and Community Nursing

District and community nursing teams provide an invaluable service to the individuals, families and communities which they serve; and are integral to the delivery of timely, quality, integrated health care. (RCN, 2014, A call to action). Use this guide to find information resources about district and community nursing including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 22/06/2018

Key Resources

The Kings Fund (2016) Understanding quality in district nursing services: learning from patients, carers and staff, London: Kings Fund.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute (2017) Transition from children's to adult community services: learning resource, London: QNI
  • This online learning resource aims to support community and primary care professionals to improve the experience of a young person transitioning from children’s to adult community services.
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District and community nursing services in England: a call to action (policy briefing 13/14) Royal College of Nursing (2014) District and community nursing services in England: a call to action (policy briefing 13/14), London: RCN
District nursing: harnessing the potential: the RCN’s UK position on district nursing Royal College of Nursing (2013) District nursing: harnessing the potential: the RCN’s UK position on district nursing, London: RCN.
Moving care to the community: an international perspective (policy briefing 12/13, updated December 2014) Royal College of Nursing (2013) Moving care to the community: an international perspective (policy briefing 12/13, updated December 2014), RCN: London.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute (2014) 2020 vision 5 years on: reassessing the future of district nursing, London: QNI.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute and NHS England (2014) Developing a district nursing workforce planning framework, (no place): NHS England.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute (2016) General practice nursing in the 21st century: a time of opportunity, London: QNI.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute (2015) The value of the district nurse specialist practitioner qualification, London: QNI.
Queen’s Nursing Institute (2016) Transition to district nursing, London: QNI.
  • This resource is designed for nurses who are new to a community nursing role.
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The Queen’s Nursing Institute and The Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland (2015) The QNI/QNIS voluntary standards for district nurse education and practice, London: QNI.
We would like to thank the RCN District Nursing member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

Chilton S and Bain H (2017) A textbook of community nursing (2nd edition), Boca Raton: CRC Press. Chilton S and Bain H (2017) A textbook of community nursing (2nd edition), Boca Raton: CRC Press.
Drennan V (2014) Oxford handbook of primary care and community nursing, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Drennan V (2014) Oxford handbook of primary care and community nursing, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Gada S (2012) Community paediatrics, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Gada S (2012) Community paediatrics, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Harris J (2013) Placement learning in community nursing: a guide for students in practice, Edinburgh: Bailliere Tindall. Harris J (2013) Placement learning in community nursing: a guide for students in practice, Edinburgh: Bailliere Tindall.
Nicol J (2015) Nursing adults with long term conditions (second edition), London: SAGE. Nicol J (2015) Nursing adults with long term conditions (2nd edition), London: SAGE.
O’Brien E (2012) District nursing manual of clinical procedures, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley. O’Brien E (2012) District nursing manual of clinical procedures, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Sines D (2013) Community and public health nursing, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. Sines D (2013) Community and public health nursing (5th edition), Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

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Journal articles

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Journals

Nursing History Collection

Baly M (1987) A history of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, London: Croom Helm.
Cohen S (2010) The district nurse, Oxford: Shire. Cohen S (2010) The district nurse, Oxford: Shire.
Jordan P (2012) District nurse: my life as a nurse in the 1950s, London: Orion. Jordan P (2012) District nurse: my life as a nurse in the 1950s, London: Orion.
Morrison C (2017) Hebridean heroines: twentieth century Queen's Nurses (1940s-1970s), Laxay, Isle of Lewis: Islands Book Trust.
Sweet H (2012) Community nursing and primary healthcare in twentieth-century Britain, London: Routledge. Sweet H (2012) Community nursing and primary healthcare in twentieth-century Britain, London: Routledge.

Special collections

Our Permanent Collection consists of nursing specific core items and rare items. It is viewable by appointment at the RCN Library and Heritage Centre. Here is a small selection of items from our collection.
Baly M, Robottom B and Clark J (1987) District nursing (2nd edition), London: Heinemann.
Handbook for Queen's Nurses (1924), London: The Scientific Press.
Loane M (1905) Outlines of routine in district nursing, London: The Scientific Press.
Stocks M (1960) A hundred years of district nursing, London: Allen and Unwin.

Archives

The RCN Archive contains some of the most important collections dedicated to the history of the nursing profession in the UK. Visitors by appointment in Edinburgh.

QNIS

The RCN Archives hold the organisational records of the Queen Victoria's Institute of District Nursing Scottish branch, which subsequently became the Queens Nursing Institute, Scotland (QNIS). These range from 1889-2015 and extend to almost 8m of records. (Collection reference: QNI).

Oral histories

Dr Rona Dougall, Perceptions of change: an oral history of District Nursing in Scotland, 1940-1999, (reference T/QNI). 

Dr Catherine Morrison, for her PhD thesis of 2013, District Nursing on the Isle of Lewis covering the 1930s to 80s in 20 interviews (reference T/IOL).

Frances Trees project (reference T/EUR), The History of Nursing in an English Urban Region from 1919.  

Dr Helen Sweet, 28 interviews with district nurses from England and Wales (references from T/219-378). 

The oral archives of the RCN also contain many other district nurse interviews (reference T).

Photographs

Our photographic collections include district nursing (reference P/26) and show nurses at work visiting all areas by different means of transport. The collection focuses mainly on the twentieth century up to the 1980s.

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Chris Morgan

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