142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Speed-dating for Public Health Nursing

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014

Lynnea Myers, MSN, RN, PHN, CPNP , Department of Nursing, Gustavus Adolphus College (work) and Vanderbilt University (school), St. Peter, MN
Background/Issue: Public Health Nursing is a hallmark of baccalaureate nursing education. Unfortunately, public health experiences in nursing education are often limited in both hours and exposure to public health nurses in a variety of roles, especially roles of leadership and management. Description: Faculty in a baccalaureate nursing program designed a speed-dating session to expose nursing students to a variety of public health nurse professionals.  Nurses were recruited from a state health department, as well as from a college’s alumni database, to represent the diverse roles of public health nurses in the public and private sector. Lessons Learned: Both students and nurses participating in the session rated the experience highly. Nurses specifically commented how they wished something like this had been in place when they were students as they never imagined all the opportunities available to them in public health nursing and were excited to share their experiences with the next generation of nurses. The speed-dating format of the panels has been extended to other courses, including a Summer Institute of Nursing designed to expose high schools students to the array of career opportunities available within nursing. Implications/Recommendations: Creative opportunities to expose students at any level to the breadth of career opportunities within public health nursing are incredibly valuable and help promote a future pipeline of public health nursing professionals.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Explain an innovative teaching strategy employed in a public health nursing course to expose students to the variety of career opportunities available within public health nursing.

Keyword(s): Nursing Education, Nurses/Nursing

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I currently serve as a faculty member in undergraduate nursing at Gustavus Adolphus College. I teach the public health nursing content. I also serve as the Director for the Gustavus Summer Institute of Nursing- a program designed for high school students to explore the profession of nursing. In both of these roles, I have directly utilized the "speed-dating" format to expose students to public health nursing as a future career.
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.