266428 Population Health Nursing Assessment Tool (PHNAT) and reflective practice

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Marie Truglio-Londrigan, PhD RN , Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace Universisty The College of Health Professions, Pleasantville, NY
Sandra B. Lewenson, EdD, RN, FAAN , Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University The College of Health Professions, Pleasantville, NY
Background: The public health nurse's first entry into the community may be the assessment serving as a foundation for the development of relationships and partnerships. The tool guides the public health nurse with the process of discovery and decision-making by provid¬ing information about the health of the individual, family, community, sys¬tem, and population. The tool facilitates a reflective practice, an important component for any population-based assessment. Reflection enables the nurse to ask questions that affords a new perspective to the primary health care needs required. Description: This presentation discusses the author developed Public Health Nursing Assess¬ment Tool (PHNAT) that adapts concepts found in Healthy People 2020 and the Minnesota Public Health Intervention Wheel. The tool integrates the process of self-reflection requiring the nurse to be open to the assessment experience and facilitating a broader world-view. Other public health nursing assessment tools will be identified. Lessons Learned: The PHNAT facilitates an experience that goes beyond the collection of data. Nurse must question findings and their own beliefs, thus developing a deeper awareness of the community and its population of people. Recommendations: The PHNAT offers a unique tool that facilitates reflective practice in public health nursing. Public health nurses and nursing faculty can use this tool as a way to introduce oneself into a community and develop relationships towards partnerships and collaborative practices.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related nursing
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the components of the PHNAT tool 2. Analyze reflective practice as a component of the PHNAT tool

Keywords: Public Health Nursing, Assessments

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