269880 Immersion into DNP Public Health Nursing: Transformational Learning

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Marion Donohoe, DNP CPNP , College of Nursing, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
Patricia M. Speck, DNSc, APN, FNP-BC, FAAN , Department of Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing, Memphis, TN
Trimika Bowdre, MPH , Department of Primary Care and Public Health, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing, Memphis, TN
BACKGROUND: Public Health Nursing (PHN) and workforce development challenge the novice and the expert nurse obtaining graduate advanced practice education. Transforming the focus of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students from nursing the individual with illness to addressing poor health outcomes in populations lead to knowledge, experience and proficiency in PHN Core Competencies. Multiple educational modalities integrate public health concepts, public health language, leadership principles, collaboration skills, systems thinking, cultural awareness and personal perceptions during the process METHODS: Immersion is a focused practicum that presents the language and concepts of Public Health Nursing within the framework of a group process throughout a five-day, face-to-face on-campus experience at the beginning and end of the first term of a DNP Public Health Option Program. Didactic presentations, leadership identification techniques, interactive sessions, agency and organizational stakeholder environments, logic model development, and group assignments provide service for the community and uniformity of practicum. RESULTS: The results of immersion experiences through a group process demonstrate cohesive group behaviors, collegial leadership styles, team building, and application of new skills among the class members at the end of the first week and continue through the program. Evaluation surveys, skill demonstrations, PHN Core Competency templates and student initiative verified outcomes. IMPLICATIONS: Immersion experiences speed the acclimation process for DNP PHN students while transcending traditional curriculum presentations by exposing the adult learners to the application of public health nursing principles, group dynamics, professional socialization and leadership skills in real-world community settings using multiple intensive educational modalities.

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
1.Evaluate the Immersion concept as a learning process for acquisition of PHN Core Competencies.

Keywords: Public Health Nursing, Nursing Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have initiated the "Immersion" Education Process in the DNP Public Health Option Program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing while mentoring DNP students in Memphis community program agencies over the past two years as an Assistant Professor.
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.