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PRNU 245 – Public Health Nursing

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Focuses on populations at risk and community partnerships. Various issues, models, and concepts that impact the health of populations will be explored. The role of the nurse in community and public health will be emphasized. Prerequisite: PRNU 134. Co-requisite: PRNU 234.

Section Description: This course focuses on population health and community partnerships. Students will provide care to a defined community within their clinical groups and will work in collaboration with professionals in a variety of settings. COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: 1. Explore various roles of the public health nurse across the continuum of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention 2. Analyze historical, environmental, social, and political forces that impact the health of populations. 3. Describe the public health sciences and their importance in caring for populations. 4. Critique how health promotion, disease prevention, and protection strategies, impact the quality of population health. 5. Implement a public health initiative for an identified population based on moral, legal, ethical, regulatory and humanistic principles. 6. Employ the nursing process, incorporating research and systems theory, in health promotion, disease prevention, and protection strategies in caring for populations. 7. Apply the concepts of community partnerships to provide a holistic approach to enhance health and quality of life of the population. 8. Maintain professional, culturally conscious communication with populations, multi-disciplinary professionals and stakeholders. 9. Advocate for population health through policy development COURSE TOPICS: 1. The nature of public health nursing, its history and current practice 2. The basic sciences of public health and how they are used in nursing practice. 3. What it means to care for a population and how and why populations differ in multiple ways. 4. Special efforts and techniques to use with particular populations. 5. Current public health issues in the United States and around the world. 6. Emergency preparedness for natural and manmade disasters.

CRN: 94182

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 89/88

Days Time Location
MW 14:45 - 16:00 STAFFORD HALL 101

Instructor(s): Margaret Sara Aitken, Rosemary Elizabeth Wosky

Meeting Dates: 27 Aug 2018 - 07 Dec 2018