179228 Purdue University School of Nursing and Biloxi, Mississippi: A Collaborative Community Partnership

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 1:00 PM

Libby A. Richards, MSN, RN, CHES , Purdue University School of Nursing, West Lafayette, IN
Julie C. Novak, DNSc, RN, CPNP , Purdue University School of Nursing, West Lafayette, IN
Lynn V. Davis, RN, MSN, CFNP , Purdue University School of Nursing, West Lafayette, IN
Jacqueline Kay Nielsen, PhD(c), RN, MSN , Purdue University School of Nursing, West Lafayette, IN
Team Reach Out Biloxi is a student initiated opportunity to provide ongoing assistance to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Designed as a service learning project, Purdue nursing students on 5 different occasions since the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, have integrated their leadership skills with application of public health knowledge, compassion and concern as they work in partnership with the Gulfport region Coastal Family Health Clinics.

The trips initiated by using the International Community Assessment Model (ICAM) (Novak, 2007) which included a windshield assessment shortly after Katrina hit. At this time, the School of Nursing worked with the community to determine what the immediate needs were and what role the School could play. Each semester, senior nursing students who opt for this opportunity, travel to the Gulfport region and experience firsthand the extensive devastation caused by this category 5 storm.

Using the ICAM model and questionnaires which focus on students and providers, the researchers want to assess the understanding of the critical components of effective service learning which would be to contribute and partner with communities for disaster response. The quantitative component of this research involves the demographic data collected over the past 5 trips and responses from questionnaires which will be administered on the 6th trip. The qualitative data includes feedback received and data collected from past groups and providers and the new students group and providers with whom they will interact on the 6th trip. Measures include questionnaires and ethnographic interviews. Analysis will include the use of frequencies, t-test, chi-square, ANOVA and correlation.

The participants of this project are 6-12 senior nursing students/trip over a 2 year period post Katrina, their nursing faculty and the community partners on the MS Gulf Coast from Pascagoula to Pass Christian.

In conclusion, using the ICAM and a service learning framework, 30 senior nursing students and three faculty tested the effectiveness of their assessment, planning, and implementation of a 2 year post Katrina disaster project.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the session, the participants will be able to: 1)Discuss the components of the International Community Assessment Model 2) Describe the steps involved in planning service learning activities. 3) Discuss the evaluation for the effectiveness of this service learning partnership as determined by the students and the local partners/providers

Keywords: Service Learning, Nursing Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have produced 60 publications including chapter publications and textbooks related to the topic. Full Professor since 1994. Over 200 presentations
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.