142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Engaging Entry Level Undergraduate Nursing Students in Population Health

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

Kim Decker, PhD, RN, CNS , School of Nursing, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Chad Priest, RN, MSN, JD , School of Nursing, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Desiree Hensel, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, CNE , School of Nursing, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Joyce Krothe, PhD, RN , School of Nursing, Indiana University, Bloomington
Background: This presentation will describe the development of two courses Promoting Healthy Populations and Health Care Delivery Systems for entry-level baccalaureate nursing students as part of a major curriculum revision at a large public university. A goal of the curricular change was to infuse population focused health concepts throughout the curriculum to prepare students for future nursing workforce roles which relate to the social determinants of health.

Description: In the initial course, students are engaged in population-focused learning activities including an inter-professional poverty simulation exercise, a campus initiative to promote bystander intervention to reduce health risk, and health coaching training.  In the subsequent course, students focus on healthcare delivery systems and their impact on population-level outcomes. Innovative learning strategies include the use of book clubs, development of a health insurance plan and poster-presentations comparing the US healthcare system with other nations.

Lessons Learned: Preliminary review of the new courses revealed that students saw more structural barriers to poverty and fewer stigmas following the poverty simulation, and felt empowered to intervene with peers to reduce health risks.  Students proceeding to the Health Care Delivery Systems course have demonstrated the ability to weave population health concepts and the social determinants of health model into discussions of health policy and economics.

Implications/recommendations: Initial assessment of introducing population-focused care early in BSN education is that students are able to articulate social determinants of care as nursing-sensitive.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related education
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Identify innovative teaching and learning strategies that can be implemented in entry level baccalaureate community health nursing didactic and clinical courses that correlate with Healthy People 2020 goals/objectives in regards to population health.

Keyword(s): Nursing Education, Health Disparities/Inequities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal or co-principal of multiple research studies focusing on best evidenced-based practice in nursing education. I was the principal faculty of one the courses described in this presentation. I have been teaching community health nursing clinical for the past 9 years. I am completing my doctoral program in human development/education psychology this summer. I am a practicing hospice nurse, working in the local community promoting maximum health to our client population.
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.