237382 Collaborative community health nursing clinical in an AIDS Community Service Organization

Monday, October 31, 2011

Elnora P. Mendias, PhD, RN , School of Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Yolanda Davila, PhD, RN , School of Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Betty Douzar, RN, MSN , School of Nursing, UTMB, Galveston, TX
Georgia Nelson, BA, LCDC, MCM Executive Director , AIDS Coaltion of Coastal Texas (ACCT), Galveston, TX
Background/Issues: Finding undergraduate clinical sites to reinforce community/ public health nursing is challenging, complicated by having fewer community health faculty, higher student enrollments, and shrinking public health and other community resources. Grounded in the Community as Partner model, our school of nursing has partnered with community sites to provide student clinical experiences that meet course learning objectives (based on public health competencies) and support hosting agencies' missions. Description: Since 2001, we have worked with a three-county community service agency (CSA) providing prevention services and serving HIV-infected clients. Based on community assessment, students deliver client services and “products” (e.g., health education materials and teaching, assistance with a food bank and other activities). Lessons learned: Through in-depth hands-on experience, students have learned about HIV prevention, living with HIV, stigma, vulnerable populations' health needs, advocacy, community resources, and CSA contributions to community health. Clients have been generally receptive to interactions with students, sometimes even taking on “teaching” roles. Faculty, CSA staff, and students have voiced satisfaction with collaboratively meeting client needs and students' learning needs. New opportunities for scholarship have emerged. In addition, this partnership has required considerable exercise of flexibility, sensitivity, mutual respect, autonomy, and commitment to meeting partnership goals even during times of adversity or disaster. Recommendations: Partnering with a CSA has enriched the experience and enhanced benefits for all in the partnership.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe processes used to establish partnerships with a community service organization to promote quality student clinical experiences while meeting service organization missions. 2. Discuss student, faculty, and community agency lessons learned through working with a service organization to provide undergraduate community health nursing clinical experiences.

Keywords: Community Collaboration, Vulnerable Populations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have many years experience in coordinating and teaching undergraduate and graduate community health nursing and also with working with HIV-infected persons and other vulnerable populations.
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.