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NURS 4250 - Community Health Nursing
Webster University 
Spring II 2008

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to
  1. Define the practice of community health nursing.
  2. Utilize a holistic approach in applying the nursing process to the community. 
  3. Discuss the use of key health planning concepts in community health nursing practice.
  4. Examine the impact of culture, socioeconomic status, lifestyle, environment, and violence on the health of the community.
  5. Analyze the health of a community based on data from a community assessment.
  6. Identify appropriate primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies in working with populations at risk.
  7. Describe basic epidemiological concepts.
  8. Summarize health policy and legislation.
  9. Analyze ethical issues affecting global health. 
  10. Utilize research findings in the discussion of community health nursing.


American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication manual of the 
        American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Anderson, E. T., & McFarland, J. (2008). Community as partner: Theory and
        practice in nursing
(5th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams-Wilkins.

Assigned reading handouts and readings on E-Reserves

ESSENTIAL COURSE CONTENT: This course is designed to include the following areas which have been designated by the faculty as essential course content:

  • Community as Client
  • Community Health Nursing - Definition, Focus, Process & Roles
  • Community Assessment, Diagnosis, Planning and Intervention
  • Basic Epidemiological Concepts
  • Influences on Community Health - Culture, Socioeconomic status, Environment, Lifestyle, Violence 
  • Ethical issues
  • Health Care System
  • Health Policy, Politics, Legislation, and Public Health
  • Research in Community Health Nursing

Lecture/discussion, written assignments, audiovisuals, class participation, class presentation, reading assignments, small group activities, guest speakers, community assessment, clinical activities.


Clinical in Community Health Nursing consists of 32 hours. The time in this clinical experience is divided between an assessment of a community of your choice and time spent in community agencies.


The final grade for the course will be determined as follows:
       Class Attendance & Active Participation                            10%
       Personal Reactions to assigned book                                 10%
       Community Health Problem/ Aggregate at Risk
               Paper                                                                  20%
               Presentation                                                         10%
       Community Assessment                                                   40%
              Group Project Notebook                         35%
              Peer/Self Evaluation                               5%
       Clinical summaries/Time Log                                             10%

Due dates for written work are identified on the Course Calendar and presentation dates will be assigned. Unless arranged prior to the due date, late work will not be accepted and will result in a grade of zero for that assignment. Approved extensions will have points deducted  based on the number of days past the due date.


         A      95-100            A-     93-94
           B+     91-92                 B        87-90         B-      85-86
         C+    83-84              C      79-82         C-     77-78     
D      70-76  (requires repeat of course)

* Plus and minus designations will be assigned

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