229122 Social Justice and Financial Planning: A National Survey of Public Health Curricula in US Nursing Programs

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 : 8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

Margaret Mullarkey, MS, RN , Division of Nursing, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY
Anne Bongiorno, PhD, APRN, BC, CNE , Nursing and Nutrition Department, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY
Elizabeth A. Riegle, RN, MS , School of Nursing, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Donna (Danuta) Clemmens, PhD RN , College of Nursing, New York University, New York, NY
Maria A. Fletcher, RN, PhD , Department of Nursing, St. Joseph's College, Brooklyn, NY
Background: Little is known about how financial planning is taught in Public Health Nursing (PHN) curricula. This is important to ascertain as knowledge and awareness of how to maximize scarce resources is a vital skill in a socially just public health infrastructure. Financial planning is foundational to solving foreseeable problems and influencing policy decisions. The New York Public Health Summit Workgroup, whose goal is to develop a strong academic/workforce partnership, was concerned about how financial planning was taught in the PHN curricula of Baccalaureate granting programs. Purpose: The aim of this national study was to identify how BSN programs integrated Quad Council recommendations of financial planning into PHN curricula, within a framework of social justice. Methods: A descriptive study surveyed BSN programs in the United States (n=273), and identified how public health curricula integrated the Quad Council domain of financial planning. Results: Sixty percent of respondents reported they do not teach financial planning in their PHN or nursing curricula. No teaching strategies for financial planning were identified by respondents. Over 88% of the sample reported they teach within a social justice framework. Conclusions: There is little evidence that financial planning is being taught in nursing curricula. Lack of awareness of financial planning creates ethical concerns in access to care and allocation of public health resources. Social justice in public health can only be achieved when nurses can influence national health care mechanisms. Knowledge in financial planning is vital to achieving this goal. Complete results and implications will be presented.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1.Examine the trends related to financial planning in Public Health curricula of Baccalaureate granting programs in the United States. 2.Describe the need for teaching strategies regarding the Quad council competency of financial planning in BSN curricula in the United States. 3.Discuss the implications of current gaps in educative practices of BSN programs in the United States regarding fiscally responsible financial planning as it relates to a framework for social justice in public health.

Keywords: Nursing Education, Social Justice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a co investigator on the project
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.