This course explores the role of the nurse generalist in a community setting and focuses on prevention of disease and promotion of health in population aggregates. It examines community theory, change theory, epidemiology, and healthcare resources which support disease prevention and health promotion. These healthcare resources provide a basis for public health nursing and the ability to care for, promote, maintain, and restore the health of communities with emphasis on effective community health practice through assessment, program planning, and nursing care for individuals, families, and vulnerable populations. The changing needs of an increasingly culturally diverse population within the social context of community systems are also examined, along with environmental, economic, political, and legal constraints to the health of community systems. Content integrates concepts from nursing and public health sciences. The student conducts an in-depth community assessment employing basic epidemiological principles and data collection strategies. They utilize the nursing process while engaging in health promotion and maintenance strategies in a variety of community health settings and in assessing and planning interventions for high-risk populations and implement a community change project utilizing change theory and based on their assessment of the community.
6 hours of online lecture and preceptorship per week