Dimensions Of Community Nursing Practice –


(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 identity 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 responsibilities 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 Advisor.

Disaster Management

  • Describe the effects of disaster upon people and their communities.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of community partners in disaster management.
  • Discuss the preparedness, response, and recovery phases of disaster management.

Social and Economic Influences on Health Care Delivery

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

Ethics and Values

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

Aggregates and Vulnerable Populations at Risk

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

Conceptual Framework for Community and Public Health Nursing Practice

  • 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.
  • Identify the American Nurses Association professional standards for community health nursing.

Epidemiology and Communicable Disease

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

Community as Context for Nursing

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

Health Education

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

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