Metropolitan State University

NURS 656 : Nursing in the Community

A. Course Description
Credits: 3
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: None
This course focuses on the origins and trends in community and public health nursing, conceptual models for practice, and contemporary public health problems and issues. Case studies of clients/aggregates in multicultural settings in the community are the basis for discussion of systems theory, public health nursing, and population-based practice. Students work collaboratively in small groups to assess and diagnose the health needs of an actual community, develop a community project, and meet with local leaders or "change agents" to address systems level change.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/15/2013 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Analyze the origins, scope and focus of community and public health nursing.
  2. Develop clinical decision-making strategies for planning holistic care with families facing transitions or chronic health conditions.
  3. Evaluate the scope, impact and possible solutions of contemporary public health problems as they relate to families and aggregates within a community setting.
  4. Examine family coping strategies and barriers to family stress management within a community setting.
  5. Synthesize broad ecological, global and social determinants of health and principles of epidemiology to design and deliver evidence-based, culturally relevant prevention interventions and strategies in families and populations.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
This contains no goal areas.
G. Special Information