Clinical Integration: Partnership In Community Practice –

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(3 credits)

This course focuses on the utilization of theory-based practice to promote the care of population aggregates and communities. Students complete 45 hours of practicum, which provides experiences with aggregates in a variety of settings in order to develop the professional roles of caregiver, teacher, and manager of care. Through the clinical practicum, the student develops beginning skills in community education, coalition building, community assessment and the use of computerized databases. Violence as a health care problem and health care financing are examined as examples of current issues affecting communities. Social responsibility as a professional value is also covered. Clinical integration and application of theories introduced in the community course are the frameworks for this course.
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.

Community Assessment

  • Differentiate between community, community health, community as client, and partnerships for health.
  • Identify community assessment evaluation methods and techniques.
  • Identify the effects of community partnerships on the health of the community.
  • Apply Orem's Self-Care Theory to community health nursing practice.

Community Health Education

  • Evaluate the health of a community aggregate and determine what health education the aggregate needs.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a health education program to promote the health of an aggregate.

Community Partnerships and Coalitions for Health

  • Identify the community resources at the local, state, national, and international levels.
  • Identify the role of coalitions and community planning groups in community partnerships.
  • Evaluate community health partnership strategies.

Health Care System Delivery

  • Describe factors that affect the problem of violence in American communities.
  • Examine the American workers and school-aged children as population aggregates.
  • Identify evaluation methods and techniques in community health delivery systems.

Economics of Disease Prevention

  • Compare and contrast the financial expenditures related to the three levels of prevention.
  • Evaluate the impact of national healthcare reform, financing, and direct service delivery in the community health setting.

Public Policy Development

  • Evaluate the role of the community nurse as a partner in public policy development.

Community Intervention and Evaluation

  • Evaluate the role of community assessment in addressing the health care needs of communities and population aggregates.
  • Identify opportunities for community health research from community assessment findings.
  • Document and analyze the clinical practicum experiences, including self-growth in the professional roles of caregiver, teacher, and manager of care in community health nursing.

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