Feb 09, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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NU 3600 - Nursing Care of the Community

4 lecture hours 6 lab hours 6 credits
Course Description
This course focuses on the community as client. The emphasis in this course is the use of the nursing process in partnership with communities for improving health. Students apply systems, change, and epidemiological theories to promote health in selected community settings. Students explore political activism as a role of the professional nurse. Issues relevant to population-based nursing care and societal trends that influence community health are discussed. (prereq: NU 390 , NU 3200  or NU 3302 , NU 3200L  or NU 3302L )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Incorporate community and population-based theories and frameworks when caring for the community as the client (Level 3, Nursing Care)
  • Complete a comprehensive community assessment (Level 3, Nursing Care)
  • Analyze the influence of nurses as advocates for development of health policy (Level 3, Critical Thinking)
  • Explore societal trends and ways communities have historically responded to health issues (Level 3, Critical Thinking)
  • Display a pattern of personal accountability for one’s own learning while assuming a professional role through acts of integrity and mutual respect (Level 3, Professional Role)
  • Create and conduct a seminar depicting a selected vulnerable population (Level 3, Professional Role)
  • Implement the professional nursing roles of advocate, educator, and change agent when delivering nursing care to a selected community (Level 3, Professional Role)
  • Differentiate definitions of person, health, environment, and nursing that reflect the community as client (Level 3, Professional Role)
  • Collaborate with community partners to promote the health of a selected community (Level 3, Collaboration)
  • Apply epidemiological approaches and best practices for population-based health care (Level 3, Evidence-based Practice)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Community assessment data
  • Community theory
  • Epidemiology and application to community Health
  • Nursing process: analysis of community assessment data
  • Population centered nursing population-based nursing practice: The intervention wheel
  • Power, policy and politics
  • Public and community health nursing, health care systems, and community finances
  • Health literacy
  • Global health
  • Program management for community health
  • Legal Issues in public health:
  • Communicable disease management
  • Ethical issues and community health
  • Introduction to vulnerability
  • Genomics in public health nursing
  • Change theory
  • Health for all: healthiest Wisconsin
  • Communities in crisis- disaster care
  • Community violence
  • Environmental health

Robin Gates

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