212191 Public Health Nursing Clinical on an American Indian Reservation

Monday, November 9, 2009

Adrienne Hubert, BS , School of Nursing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Rachael Snorek, BS , School of Nursing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Health care institutions used by a large Midwestern university for clinical experiences provide limited opportunities for students to interact with diverse populations. To address this, a select group of baccalaureate nursing students are able to complete their public health nursing clinical course on the Navajo Nation Reservation. A poster presentation will explore preparatory work, activities carried out on the reservation, and learning outcomes. Prior to traveling to Arizona, students research a health concern of importance to Native American populations. While the literature search may include articles specific to the Navajo, the paper focuses more broadly on an issue as it pertains to Native Americans. While on the reservation, students explore their specific health topic with the Navajo population and compare findings to those reported in the literature. Mechanisms students used to identify, design, and deliver health teaching materials at a local flea market will be outlined. The significance of the experience on the development of culturally aware nursing practice by novice practitioners will also be addressed.

Learning Objectives:
Describe mechanisms used to prepare for a clinical experience in public health nursing on an American Indian reservation. Explore the strategy of delivering health education to American Indians attending a weekly local flea market. Identify how the experience of living and working with an American Indian population will influence future nursing practice.

Keywords: American Indians, Public Health Nursing

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a student who participated in the activity described in the abstract.
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.