206071 Educating for the public's health: Clinical prevention and population health in nursing education

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mary Beth Bigley, DrPH, MSN, ANP , Department of Health and Human Services, The Office of the Surgeon General, Arlington, VA
Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN , School of Nursing, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Vera Schomer Cardinale, MPH , Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, Washington, DC
The Institute of Medicine has been one of numerous bodies to recommend that health care professionals receive education in public health to be more effective participants in the public health system. Since 2002, representatives from eight health professions education associations have met as the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force to help improve public health education in their respective curricula. The Task Force specifically addressed Healthy People 2010's objective 1.7 “Increase the proportion of schools of medicine, schools of nursing and health professional training schools whose basic curriculum for health care providers includes the core competencies in health promotion and disease prevention.” They developed the Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework in 2004 (revised in 2009). This framework of subjects that are relevant across clinical professions has been implemented differently within the various professions.

In nursing, the framework has been incorporated into two critical curriculum documents developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing: The Essentials for Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing. These documents have been widely adopted by the over 720 Baccalaureate and Higher Degree programs in Nursing and are used as evidence of the use of national nursing standards during the accreditation process. In addition, the framework has been integrated into the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Nurse Practitioner Competencies for the Practice Doctorate.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe recent efforts to improve public health content in health professions education. 2. Identify methods to incorporate public health, population health, and prevention into the standard nursing school curriculum.

Keywords: Nursing Education, Curricula

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Education: Masters of Science in Nursing Doctorate of Public Health
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.