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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/211462
Type:
Research Study
Title:
STUDENT NURSES' PERCEPTIONS OF PARTICIPATION in SERVICE LEARNING
Abstract:
Purpose: The purpose of this research study was to explore student nurses’ perceptions of learning experiences related to their participation in Community Preventive Health Collaborative (CPHC), a community service learning course, which provided health teaching, health screenings, referrals and follow-up to underserved populations in Kern County. Background:  Kern County is located in the Southern Central Valley of California.  Of the population in Kern County, 20% do not have a usual source of health care, 20% of people are living beneath the poverty line, and 68.5% of residents age 25, graduated from high school.  Kern County ranks 58th out of 59 counties in the state for percentage of adults with diagnosed diabetes, 49th out of 59 counties in the state for high blood pressure, 33rd out of 59 counties in the state for obesity, and 57th out of 59 counties in the state for heart disease.  There is a great need for health services that emphasize health teaching, health screening services that detect potential problems early, and linking of individuals to health care resources. CPHC allows student nurses at California State University Bakersfield to provide these services to underserved populations. Methods: Permission to conduct the study was obtained by the California State University Bakersfield Institutional Review Board.  This was a qualitative study of student nurses who were enrolled in CPHC, a community service learning course.  The student nurses were informed of the research study and invited to participate by consenting to allow their reflection journal to be utilized as data for this research study.  The reflection journal is an assignment for the community service learning course that requires the student to write 1 – 2 pages regarding their experience.   Students may share an experience that had an impact on their goals of becoming a nurse or share what was learned about the health care needs of the community.  Each student nurse was asked to describe insights developed as a result of participation in this course that supports their ability to provide better nursing care.   The reflection journals were reviewed and common themes were extrapolated. Results/Discussion:  During academic year 2010 – 2011, 12 out of 30 students consented to participate in this research study.  Eleven participants were female.  Three common themes revealed were:  a) Nursing lessons learned b) Rewarding experience, and c) Helping others.  Exemplars are shared to give meaning to the experience. Student nurses valued the opportunity to provide services to underserved populations. Implications: Service learning courses can be developed as great learning opportunity for student nurses. CPHC can be replicated in a number of underserved communities where nursing programs are operated.  Other similar programs can be implemented to provide clinical experiences for student nurses and assist vulnerable populations with health services that they probably would not have received if it had not been for student nurses.   The student nurses helped to meet a great community need and were able to reflect on experiences that helped them to build nursing skills in the community health setting.
Keywords:
Student nurses; Perceptions; Community Service Learning
Repository Posting Date:
20-Feb-2012
Date of Publication:
20-Feb-2012
Other Identifiers:
5176
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.typeResearch Studyen_GB
dc.titleSTUDENT NURSES' PERCEPTIONS OF PARTICIPATION in SERVICE LEARNINGen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/211462-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this research study was to explore student nurses’ perceptions of learning experiences related to their participation in Community Preventive Health Collaborative (CPHC), a community service learning course, which provided health teaching, health screenings, referrals and follow-up to underserved populations in Kern County. Background:  Kern County is located in the Southern Central Valley of California.  Of the population in Kern County, 20% do not have a usual source of health care, 20% of people are living beneath the poverty line, and 68.5% of residents age 25, graduated from high school.  Kern County ranks 58th out of 59 counties in the state for percentage of adults with diagnosed diabetes, 49th out of 59 counties in the state for high blood pressure, 33rd out of 59 counties in the state for obesity, and 57th out of 59 counties in the state for heart disease.  There is a great need for health services that emphasize health teaching, health screening services that detect potential problems early, and linking of individuals to health care resources. CPHC allows student nurses at California State University Bakersfield to provide these services to underserved populations. Methods: Permission to conduct the study was obtained by the California State University Bakersfield Institutional Review Board.  This was a qualitative study of student nurses who were enrolled in CPHC, a community service learning course.  The student nurses were informed of the research study and invited to participate by consenting to allow their reflection journal to be utilized as data for this research study.  The reflection journal is an assignment for the community service learning course that requires the student to write 1 – 2 pages regarding their experience.   Students may share an experience that had an impact on their goals of becoming a nurse or share what was learned about the health care needs of the community.  Each student nurse was asked to describe insights developed as a result of participation in this course that supports their ability to provide better nursing care.   The reflection journals were reviewed and common themes were extrapolated. Results/Discussion:  During academic year 2010 – 2011, 12 out of 30 students consented to participate in this research study.  Eleven participants were female.  Three common themes revealed were:  a) Nursing lessons learned b) Rewarding experience, and c) Helping others.  Exemplars are shared to give meaning to the experience. Student nurses valued the opportunity to provide services to underserved populations. Implications: Service learning courses can be developed as great learning opportunity for student nurses. CPHC can be replicated in a number of underserved communities where nursing programs are operated.  Other similar programs can be implemented to provide clinical experiences for student nurses and assist vulnerable populations with health services that they probably would not have received if it had not been for student nurses.   The student nurses helped to meet a great community need and were able to reflect on experiences that helped them to build nursing skills in the community health setting.en_GB
dc.subjectStudent nursesen_GB
dc.subjectPerceptionsen_GB
dc.subjectCommunity Service Learningen_GB
dc.date.available2012-02-20T11:56:33Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-20T11:56:33Z-
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-20T11:56:33Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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