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Administrative Unit: Nursing Department
Course Prefix and Number: NURS 411
Course Title: Community Health Nursing Assessment
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course introduces the registered nurse to community assessment in nursing. This course requires the student to define a community in which they will observe, assess, analyze and prioritize needs and goals which promote health. Students will use the community assessment data to develop, implement and evaluate a problem focused intervention program in the community. The student will define the community and obtain instructor approval of the project. This course is research-based and writing intensive.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Admission to the Online RN to BSN Level Nursing program; NURS 410.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

(For Online course rotations, see the Online course schedule)

Text(s): 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 Learning Outcomes
  1. Interpret community nursing practice.
  2. Decide which methods of assessment, intervention and evaluation are most appropriate in the defined community.
  3. Complete a Community Health Assessment/ Analysis/Intervention project of the selected community.
  4. Determine priority health objectives for the community based on the analysis of the data collected in the assessment.
  5. Analyze evidence-based practice for health promotion and disease prevention in the provision of nursing practice in the community.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • The diversity, roles and functions of nurses in the community.
  • Selected concepts basic to community-oriented nursing practice: community, community client, community health and partnership for health.
  • The analysis of the health of a community based on data from a community assessment and evaluation.
  • Engage in the development, implementation and evaluation of a problem focused intervention program wihile collaborating with formal and informal agencies in the community.
  • Critical thinking and decision-making in relation to assessment, available resources, resource utilization, policy formation and goal-setting interventions in the management of care to individuals and populations residing in the community.
  • The determination of priority health objectives for targeted individuals and populations residing in the community

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Tina Dalrymple Date: December 5, 2017
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. 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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