Community Health Nursing Practicum
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, California
Instructor(s): Debella, Sandra
Subject area: Health / Medicine
Number of participants: Entire classroom (as individuals or groups)
Duration of exercise: Semester
Cost/equipment needed: Student access to community health activities
Learning objective: Build Community, Provide Multidisciplinary Thinking, Provide Real-World Experience
Teaching style: Active Learning, Out-of-class Activity
Please note that the copyright for this course project is retained by the instructor.
Community health nursing/public health nursing is very committed to health care promotion, building healthy communities and recognizes the importance of the environment in these endeavors.
Nursing 405: Community Health Nursing Practicum
This clinical course is designed to be a synthesis of community based nursing and community/public health nursing with the goal of promoting and preserving the health of populations. The ability to prevent disease, maintain well being and promote health through organized community effort is derived from public health. This course also recognizes that community health practice is responsible to the community as client with services provided to individuals, families and groups to promote health and prevent disease. Students will apply knowledge and skills from nursing and public health sciences to expand their understanding of caring for a community's health. The community of southwest Santa Rosa will be focal point of this experience.
- Apply a knowledge base of community health nursing and related sciences (i.e., public health, biostatistics, epidemiology, community organizing) to providing care to clients in a community context.
- Use the nursing process, therapeutic interventions, critical thinking and professional communications to provide caring services to clients in the community.
- Demonstrate therapeutic communication skills with clients, with interdisciplinary members of the community team and with community members.
- Demonstrate culturally competent care for the community and its members by recognizing the sociopolitical, economic and ethnic characteristics of the community.
- Apply the principles of self direction/ accountability, leadership and case management in meeting the needs of clients in the community.
- Demonstrate professional role development as a client advocate in the community by becoming well informed on a client issues.
- Community assessment (what does it feel like to live in this community) observations, interviews, data collecting, select a particular aspect of the community for a community project. Health Fair, health teaching, or clinic outreach.
- Health teaching project. Select a specific group (school children, teen parents, young mothers) and present an appropriate teachin learning experience for them. Include the principles of health teaching, references, a plan and an evaluation.
- Identify a population at risk in the community. Describe its characteristics, needs, how you would make an at risk diagnosis and what interventions would be appropriate.
- Describe case management in a selected setting, public health, school nursing, the clinic, other.
- Family case management with homes visits, referrals, intervention and follow up. Family case study including a family profile and family problems.
- Attending selected community meetings that are related to your high risk population, your family, your health teaching project or any other facet of your community work.
- Students will keep a weekly clinical journal describing their learning activities, progress and plans. The journal will also include a critique/synopsis of selected readings related to your community health nursing practice. The journal may include questions for the instructor or other students.
- By mid-term, students assign the percentage per activity that they think reflects the amount of time and effort given to that activity. Activities may be combined and students may work in groups for selected activities. Grades will be assigned by the clinical instructor.
Clinical days: 8:30-5:00 Wednesday (other days by arrangement) January 28 through May 13, 1998, conference times 8:30-10 at the SWHC.
- Demonstrate health teaching skills by assessing the learning needs of a selected client group, preparing and presenting an appropriate health teach and evaluating it.
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