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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. A community assessment written presentation will include data collection, an analysis of data and prioritization of health objectives. 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 RN to BSN program; NURS 410.

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 interpret community nursing practice.
  • To decide which methods of assessment, intervention and evaluation are most appropriate in the defined community.
  • To complete a Community Health Assessment/ Analysis project of the selected community.
  • To determine priority health objectives for the community based on the analysis of the data collected in the assessment
  • To analyze evidence-based practice for health promotion and disease prevention in the provision of nursing practice in the community.

    Measurable Learning
    • Interpret the diversity, roles and functions of nurses in the community.
    • Describe selected concepts basic to community-oriented nursing practice: community, community client, community health and partnership for health.
    • Analyze the health of a community based on data from a community assessment and evaluation.
    • Apply 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.
    • Determine priority health objectives for targeted individuals and populations residing in the community.
    Topical Outline:

  • Community as a Client
  • Consensus Set of Indicators for Assessing Community Health Status
  • Community -Focused Nursing Process
  • Windshield Survey Components
  • Identifying and analyzing and community problems
  • Problem Priority Criteria
  • EstablishingGoals·and Objectives for high-priority problems
  • Research and Evidence-based practice in community health nursing


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 12

    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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