Dimensions Of Community Nursing Practice – nur471pn (3 credits)

This course provides the foundation for developing and using theory-based practice in the health promotion of population aggregates and communities. Based on community and public health nursing standards and nursing conceptual frameworks, students learn skills to address populations at risk. Utilizing the epidemiological model, students identify levels of prevention and apply health promotion strategies to community health problems. Current social and economic issues are explored. Journaling and group activities facilitate the exploration of social responsibility as a professional value. Five weeks provide the framework for the development of skills for community-focused practice.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Epidemiology and Communicable Disease

  • Integrate levels of prevention and community and public health nursing roles as applied to a selected epidemiological problem.
  • Describe primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions related to potential and actual threats to environmental health.
  • Define epidemiology and surveillance and discuss the functions and elements of each.
  • Identify primary and secondary data sources for epidemiological and surveillance activities.
  • Apply the epidemiological process to a population-focused problem.

Aggregates and Vulnerable Populations at Risk

  • Define vulnerability and relate this concept to a selected population group.
  • Identify community and public health nursing roles in assessing, planning, and implementing care for selected vulnerable populations at both the community and policy level.
  • Identify the impacts of cultural and minority status on health.

Ethics and Values

  • Identify ethical constructs in community and public health nursing practice.
  • Formulate a personal statement of one significant social change that is needed to promote healthier communities.
  • Examine social responsibility as a professional value for community and public health nursing practice.

Social and Economic Influences on Health Care Delivery

  • Examine the financing of health care with respect to current health care trends.
  • Discuss various quality improvements as a means to meet societal demands for an efficient and effective health care system.
  • Explain why effective community and public health nursing managers, leaders, and consultants are needed in today's health care environment.

Community as Context for Nursing

  • Discuss the interface between family and community and public health nursing practice.
  • Compare and contrast clinical nursing roles in community and population-focused practice.
  • Identify the relevance of primary health care in the achievement of the major goals and aims for world health.
  • Compare and contrast primary care and primary health care.
  • Identify the concept of community as the client.

Health Education

  • Describe the development of education as a component of community health nursing.
  • Examine teaching and learning theories in the development of a community health education program.

Conceptual Framework for Community and Public Health Nursing Practice

  • Identify the American Nurse's Association professional standards for community health nursing.
  • Examine health, health promotion, and community as major concepts in a framework for community and public health nursing practice.
  • Analyze how different theoretical frameworks can be utilized in the community setting.

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