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 the data and prioritization of health objectives. The student will define the community and obtain instructor approval of the project. Prerequisites: Admission to the RN to BSN Program; NURS 410. This course is research-based and writing intensive.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition)
By American Psychological Association (Washington, D.C.) Recommended
Foundations of Nursing in the Community: Community-Oriented Practice (3rd edition)
By Stanhope, M. & Lancaster, J. (Mosby: Elsevier) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Interpret community nursing practice.
Decide which methods of assessment, intervention and evaluation are most appropriate in the defined community.
Complete a Community Health Assessment/ Analysis project of the selected community.
Determine priority health objectives for the community based on the analysis of the data collected in the assessment.
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.
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: 12
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.