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Nursing (NURS)

NURS 417 (US;IL) Family and Community Health Concepts (4) Study of the concepts of family and community based nursing care emphasizing multicultural influences on health practices.

NURS 417 Family and Community Health Concepts (4)

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to (a) Synthesize knowledge from nursing, public health, family, and community theory as a foundation for culturally congruent community health nursing practice that is sensitive to race, religion, gender, disability and sexual orientation; (b) Utilize the nursing process and principles of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention that are culturally appropriate in the care of community based clients who differ in terms of health beliefs, values, and practices; (c) Develop skill in the use of independent/interdependent nursing actions to deliver care to clients across the life span; (d) Demonstrate the management of client, family, and community care through appropriate use of concepts of leadership, case management and group process; (e) Describe collaboration at the collegial level with nurses and other members of the health care team to provide continuity of care through culturally appropriate communication, consultation, and referral; (f) Use coherent, comprehensive and culturally sensitive communication in oral and written form; (g) Analyze biostatistical/epidemiological data and nursing research findings to improve/enhance the delivery of nursing care to diverse populations in the community; (h) Analyze the impact of culture as a significant influence on the health perceptions, interpretations, and behaviors of diverse groups.

Students will spend 40 hours practicing in a clinical setting. In that setting they will be responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the care of families within the context of a community. Students will have the opportunity to analyze the impact of culture on health perceptions, interpretations, and behaviors of diverse groups.

Evaluation methods: Students will be evaluated both theoretically and clinically by use of the following: (a) Guided study of complex family and community health patterns using collaboration case analysis; (b) Case findings and analysis; (c) Direct care to culturally diverse families in the community setting.

Relationship/linkage of course to other courses: This course applies and integrates family and community nursing concepts to culturally diverse clients in the community. It is offered at the senior level and incorporates previously learned theoretical and clinical nursing knowledge with an appreciation for how diversity influences the health care behaviors of families and communities as they relate to the health care system.

Relationship of course to major: This senior level nursing course is one of the components of the Advanced Standing Option. It is a required course that provides students with the opportunity to develop skill in delivery of health services to globally diverse populations across the life span. It is also designed to increase the student's knowledge base related to the community based client including relationships, lifestyle and kinship patterns. Lastly, it provides an arena for community health planning for diverse populations.

Special facilities required to teach the course: The clinical arena which will be used to teach this course includes but is not limited to high risk populations in the community, senior or special housing projects, prisons and missions.

Frequency of offering an enrollment: The course will be offered every semester and enrollment varies from 10 to 20 students.

General Education: None
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2008
Prerequisite: NURS 390 and current and valid RN license; Prerequisite or concurrent:NURS 357

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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