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Administrative Unit: Nursing Department
Course Prefix and Number: NURS 410
Course Title: Community Health Nursing
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course introduces the theoretical basis for community - oriented nursing practice. It emphasizes the application of community/public health concepts applied to promoting and preserving the health of the community. Diverse populations across the lifespan and throughout the
continuum of the healthcare environment will be examined. Community assessment, epidemiology, environment, political action, and case management frameworks are used to guide evidence-based
nursing care delivery to individuals, families, and populations in community settings.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Admission to the RN to BSN program; NURS 412.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of the following:     

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
By American Psychological Association (Washington, D.C.)
Foundations of Nursing in the Community: Community-Oriented Practice
By Stanhope, M. & Lancaster, J. (Mosby: Elsevier)
Course Objectives

  • To describe community-oriented nursing practice.
  • To discuss specific issues, vulnerable populations and societal concerns that affect nursing practice in the community.
  • To examine conceptual frameworks applied to nursing practice in the community.
  • To describe the management of health care and selected community environments, to include the managing of cases, programs, disasters and groups.
  • To discuss risk factors and health problems for families and individuals throughout the lifespan.

    Measurable Learning
    • Describe the core functions of public health and the services provided.
    • Differentiate between community-oriented nursing practice and community-based practice.
    • Discuss the impact of cultural, environmental, governmental, and economic influences on the health care delivery and nursing practice in the community.
    • Discuss the basic epidemiologic concepts of population at risk, natural history of disease, levels of prevention, host-agent-environmental relationships and the web-of causation model.
    • Integrate evidence-based guidelines for health promotion and disease prevention in the provision of nursing care to individuals, families and populations in the community setting.
    • Identify risk factors and approaches in family and individual health promotion and preservation of health.
    • Utilize population level data to identify management of care to vulnerable populations residing in the community.
    • Describe the rapidly changing roles, functions and practice settings for nurses practicing in the community.
    Topical Outline:

  • Community as a client.
  • Community oriented nursing practice.
  • Influences on community health- cultural, environmental, governmental, and economic.
  • Basic epidemiologic concepts.
  • Research and Evidence-based practice in community health nursing.
  • Community assessment.
  • Life-span risk factors and health problems for families and individuals.
  • Vulnerable populations.
  • Community health nursing- definition, focus, roles and functions.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Linda Claycomb Date: November 1, 2013
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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