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University of Rhode Island — Nursing

NUR 443 - Community Health Nursing
Course Information

Professor: Department
Semester: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent enrollment in NUR 434 (NUR 246 and 253 for RN students).

Catalog Description: Analysis of concepts related to the public health and nursing care of clients in the home and the community with emphasis on vulnerable and high-risk populations.

Course Goals & Outcomes

The purpose of this course is to provide senior level nursing students with a knowledge base that enables them to apply the nursing process in working effectively with families and larger aggregates including groups, population groups, organizations and communities. This knowledge base is derived from basic concepts of public health and community health nursing. Emphasis is two-fold: 1) identification of health problems and needs, and 2) selection of nursing interventions that involve consideration of actual and potential adaptation levels of families and larger aggregates, primary and secondary preventive health measures, and sociocultural and physical environmental factors that affect health.

By the end of this course you will:

  1. Analyze various roles of the community health nurse in providing care to aggregates (families, groups, organizations, population groups, and communities).
  2. Expand personal philosophy of nursing to encompass community health.
  3. Describe the range of factors that increase risk of vulnerability in the population.
  4. Discuss epidemiological principles and process to community health problems in vulnerable populations.
  5. Describe models of community organization and development to improve health in a community.
  6. Discuss the application of nursing process in health planning to determine the health needs of high-risk families, larger aggregates and communities.
  7. Discuss interdisciplinary team approach to care of vulnerable populations.
  8. Describe the range of collaborative working relationships with professionals and nonprofessionals in the community in order to meet the health needs of vulnerable populations.
  9. Identify concepts and concerns related to interpersonal relationships with vulnerable client populations.
  10. Incorporate appropriate current literature to expand knowledge and competencies related to caring for vulnerable populations in the home and community.
  11. Assume responsibility for professional development in self and others.
  12. Analyze major health issues and trends in the U.S. and global community.
  13. Analyze the health care delivery system and its impact on vulnerable populations in the home and community.
  14. Examine the effects of complex ethical, legal, political, economic, cultural and social factors that increase the risk of vulnerability in populations.
  15. Evaluate the applicability of nursing research findings in the care of vulnerable populations in the community.
Course Syllabus

This course consists of a weekly three hour class session, which includes lecture, film analysis, class discussion and group work activities. There are face to face periodic examinations in addition to online assignments/quizzes via Sakai course management. This course is taken concurrently with NUR 444, which is the practicum component of Community Health Nursing.

Topics include:

  • Public health concepts
  • Home health care/ hospice home care
  • Community Assessment
  • Population focused health education
  • Economics in Health Care: Politics and Health Policy
  • Epidemiology and biostatics
  • Communicable diseases
    • Tuberculosis
    • STI's
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Disasters
  • Occupational Health/Hazards
  • Environmental Health
  • Vulnerable Populations
    • LGTB
    • Older Adults
    • Homeless
  • Violence in the community
    • Domestic abuse/child abuse
    • Gangs
    • Rape Trauma
  • Global Health Issues
About The Professor

This course is taught by multiple instructors, please refer to the URI Course Schedule.

Reasons To Take This Course

This is a required nursing course that is the first semester of your senior year in the undergraduate nursing curriculum. It is a course which is necessary for understanding the relationship between health, income, neighborhoods, the environment, and the world in which we live.

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