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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/243509
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Community Engagement Curricular Strategies to Reduce Health Disparities
Author(s):
Schaffer, Marjorie A.; Hargate, Carol
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Chi-at-Large
Author Details:
Schaffer, Marjorie A., PhD, RN, m-schaffer@bethel.edu; Hargate, Carol , PhD, RN;
Abstract:
Purpose: A nursing department implemented a revised nursing curriculum that integrated community engagement learning experiences to address health disparities.  Nursing faculty aimed to prepare nurses who will:  1) contribute to reducing health disparities, 2) develop cultural sensitivity and competence, and 3) develop commitment to serving diverse and vulnerable populations.

Methods: Focus groups with community partners, racial reconciliation lunches and dialogue with nursing faculty members, and lunch and learning sessions with community partners provided a foundation for development of the community engagement curriculum.  Nursing students are matched to community engagement sites (churches, schools, and non-profit organizations) for community engagement learning experiences over five semesters of nursing courses.  Students stay in the same community site; learning experiences include becoming familiar with the agency and people served, a health promotion presentation, and chronic illness project, a major project mutually decided with the agency, and developing a plan for health improvement.  Evaluation measures included: 1) an initial student survey (n = 88), 2) a nursing faculty survey (n = 9), 3) a community partner survey (n = 9), and 4) focus groups with sophomore nursing students (n = 17).

Results: Both faculty members and community partners valued community engagement learning opportunities for nursing students, but they also expressed similar concerns about lack of time and challenges in coordination, supervision of students, and communication.  Focus group data revealed seven themes:  1) experiencing difference; 2) framing the experience; 3) learning from the community; 4) acquiring skills of communication, problem solving, and teamwork, 5) experiencing ambiguity, 6) expectations for faculty, and 7) strategies for creating effective partnerships.

Conclusion: Community engagement experiences provide nursing students with the opportunity to encounter and experience difference in community settings.  Students learn to respond to uncertainty and become better prepared for a nursing leadership role in addressing health disparities. 

Keywords:
Community engagement; Nursing education; Health disparities
Repository Posting Date:
12-Sep-2012
Date of Publication:
12-Sep-2012 ; 12-Sep-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Brisbane, Australia

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleCommunity Engagement Curricular Strategies to Reduce Health Disparitiesen
dc.contributor.authorSchaffer, Marjorie A.en
dc.contributor.authorHargate, Carolen
dc.contributor.departmentChi-at-Largeen
dc.author.detailsSchaffer, Marjorie A., PhD, RN, m-schaffer@bethel.edu; Hargate, Carol , PhD, RN;en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/243509-
dc.description.abstract<b>Purpose: </b>A nursing department implemented a revised nursing curriculum that integrated community engagement learning experiences to address health disparities.&nbsp; Nursing faculty aimed to prepare nurses who will:&nbsp; 1) contribute to reducing health disparities, 2) develop cultural sensitivity and competence, and 3) develop commitment to serving diverse and vulnerable populations. <p><b>Methods: </b>Focus groups with community partners, racial reconciliation lunches and dialogue with nursing faculty members, and lunch and learning sessions with community partners provided a foundation for development of the community engagement curriculum.&nbsp; Nursing students are matched to community engagement sites (churches, schools, and non-profit organizations) for community engagement learning experiences over five semesters of nursing courses.&nbsp; Students stay in the same community site; learning experiences include becoming familiar with the agency and people served, a health promotion presentation, and chronic illness project, a major project mutually decided with the agency, and developing a plan for health improvement.&nbsp; Evaluation measures included: 1) an initial student survey (n = 88), 2) a nursing faculty survey (n = 9), 3) a community partner survey (n = 9), and 4) focus groups with sophomore nursing students (n = 17). <p><b>Results: </b>Both faculty members and community partners valued community engagement learning opportunities for nursing students, but they also expressed similar concerns about lack of time and challenges in coordination, supervision of students, and communication.&nbsp; Focus group data revealed seven themes:&nbsp; 1) experiencing difference; 2) framing the experience; 3) learning from the community; 4) acquiring skills of communication, problem solving, and teamwork, 5) experiencing ambiguity, 6) expectations for faculty, and 7) strategies for creating effective partnerships. <p><b>Conclusion: </b>Community engagement experiences provide nursing students with the opportunity to encounter and experience difference in community settings.&nbsp; Students learn to respond to uncertainty and become better prepared for a nursing leadership role in addressing health disparities.&nbsp;en
dc.subjectCommunity engagementen
dc.subjectNursing educationen
dc.subjectHealth disparitiesen
dc.date.available2012-09-12T09:23:16Z-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12en
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-12T09:23:16Z-
dc.conference.date2012en
dc.conference.name23rd International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationBrisbane, Australiaen
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