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University of Rhode Island — Nursing

NUR 444 - Practicum in Nursing of Vulnerable Populations
Course Information

Professor: Department
Semester: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Credit or concurrent enrollment in NUR 434 and NUR 443 (245 for RN students).

Catalog Description: Application of the nursing process in the home care setting and with vulnerable populations in the community. In-depth analysis of a selected community, including utilization of the epidemiological process.

Course Goals & Outcomes

In the course, learning experiences are provided which enable the student to apply the nursing process and to further develop communication and interpersonal skills necessary for working effectively with families, groups, organizations and larger population aggregates within a selected community. The course consists of one 8-hour clinical day/week. Students will work, many times independently, in one of several geographic areas in Rhode Island. Students are involved in developing and implementing a community health project as a part of this clinical.

By the end of this course you will:

  1. Assume a case management role in the care of clients in the home setting.
  2. Demonstrate independence & accountability in home & community / aggregate settings.
  3. Advocate for access & equity among vulnerable clients within healthcare delivery systems.
  4. Apply theoretical concepts as a basis for nursing strategies in caring for vulnerable populations in the home & community / aggregate settings.
  5. Utilize epidemiological principles & process in analyzing health problems of vulnerable populations.
  6. Utilize the nursing process with high-risk & vulnerable populations in the home & community / aggregate settings.
  7. Apply interdisciplinary team concepts to relationships with professionals & community leaders, individuals & groups.
  8. Initiate appropriate referrals for clients in the home & community / aggregate settings.
  9. Report & document pertinent findings to appropriate health care personnel.
  10. Modify communication strategies when appropriate to meet the specialized needs of children, elderly, and vulnerable populations.
  11. Assume responsibility for professional development & growth in self and others.
  12. Apply standards of practice related to strategies & interventions for vulnerable populations in the home & community / aggregate settings.
  13. Demonstrate professional ethical behavior.
  14. Demonstrate legal & ethical accountability in care of vulnerable populations.
  15. Analyze emerging concepts & evolving trends in public health & community-centered nursing as they influence nursing practice & healthcare delivery.
  16. Utilize knowledge of major health issues in providing nursing care to vulnerable populations in the home setting.
  17. Utilize knowledge of cultural, social, economic & political concerns to provide comprehensive care in community settings.
  18. Effectively utilize community resources to provide comprehensive care to vulnerable populations.
  19. Utilize research findings to improve the health of vulnerable populations in the home & community / aggregate settings.
  20. Recognize areas of home care nursing & community health nursing practice for evidenced-based practice.
Course Syllabus

The main focus of this course is the clinical nursing care of clients in the home and in the community. Community assessment of a selected neighborhood, a health planning project and home visits will be used.

Assignments will include:

  • Community Assessment
  • Windshield Survey
  • Key Informant Interviews
  • Home visit assessment
  • Resources and Referrals for Home Client
  • Case Presentation
  • Community Health Project, including presentation
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 taken in the first semester of your senior year in the undergraduate nursing curriculum. It is a course which is necessary for understanding a population focus and nursing care of communities. This course is taken concurrently with NUR 443.

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