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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 learn about the history and origins of public health and also the impact that public health has on maintaining the health and wellness of populations on a national and global level. 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. Analyze public health initiatives from a moral, legal, ethical, and regulatory standpoint while incorporating 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. Identify the concepts of partnership development that support holistic care at a community level. 8. Understand the need for population health advocacy 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 man-made disasters.

CRN: 93382

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 94/96

Days Time Location
MW 14:30 - 15:45 ROWELL N/A HLTH 103

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

Meeting Dates: 26 Aug 2019 - 06 Dec 2019