142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Evaluation two models for delivering baccalaureate public health nursing clinical education

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

Jessica Williams, PhD, MPH, RN , University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, Coral Gables, FL
Emma McKim Mitchell, PhD, RN , School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Background: Public health nursing (PHN) is a complex field of practice with many different specialty areas, which can make providing appropriate clinical instruction challenging. This presentation will report on the findings of an evaluation of two different models for delivering PHN clinical instruction to baccalaureate nursing students.

Methods: Two groups of baccalaureate nursing students participated in two different models for delivery of PHN clinical instruction during the spring 2014 semester. The models primarily differed in the breadth and depth of the experiences. In the first model, students (n=62) worked with a single community agency to gain in-depth knowledge of the operations, clients, and community of that specific agency. In the second model, students (n=64) spent shorter amounts of time with several community agencies to gain experience across many different specialty areas of PHN. Students spent the same amount of time engaged in clinical activities (56 hours) with both models. Evaluation data was collected through self-report surveys administered to students at the beginning and end of the semester.

Results: The effects of the clinical models on satisfaction, knowledge, and perceptions of PHN will be reported as well as lessons learned during the implementation of each model.

Conclusions: As the role of the public health nurse continues to evolve, clinical experiences developed to educate new nurses must also evolve. The results of this evaluation will provide practical information regarding strengths and weaknesses of two different ways of providing PHN clinical content to nursing students and directions for further research.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related education
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate different methods for delivering baccalaureate public health nursing clinical education Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different ways of providing public health nursing clinical content Identify areas for future research related to public health nursing clinical education

Keyword(s): Nursing Education, Public Health Curricula & Competencies

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have taught public health/community health nursing to undergraduate students in traditional BSN, accelerated BSN and RN to BSN sections for the past 2 years. Among my scientific interests has been furthering knowledge of effective teaching models for public health nursing education, domestically and for international nursing experiences.
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.