School Of Nursing, College Of Health And Human Services

California State University, Sacramento

NURS 144: Community Health Nursing
Spring 2016 Syllabus
Part 1: Course Information
Faculty of Record
Samantha Blackburn, RN, MSN, PhD Candidate
Office: Folsom Hall 2005
Phone: 916-278-5077
Office hours: Mondays 1:30-4:30 pm by appointment

Course Faculty
Martha Moon, RN, PhD, MPH
Office: Folsom Hall Cubicle
Phone: 619-850-2816
Office hours: TBA

Clinical Faculty
Professor Blackburn and the professors listed in SacCT. Clinical faculty share office
space in Folsom Hall. Clinical faculty office hours are TBA. Please email your
clinical professor via the SacCT website. Refer to your clinical rotation handout for
clinical faculty contact phone numbers.

Course Description
Contemporary role of the community health nurse is presented within a public health
framework emphasizing the concept of community as client. Presents nursing
interventions related to groups and aggregates identified as high risk for the
development of health problems. Clinical experience is provided across community
settings. Lecture three hours; laboratory six hours. Note: May be repeated for
credit. Prerequisite: NURS 136, NURS 137, NURS 138, NURS 139; or instructor
permission. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 5.0

Required Text
No text is required for this course. Readings and viewings are assigned on SacCT.

Recommended Texts & Other Readings

Health behavior and health education: Theory. including HealthStream Course Structure Theory This course is designed to provide a hybrid experience.: American Public Health Association. Your online work will be in SacCT. Sacramento 2 . announcements. B. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed. (2011). Note that in this five-unit course. (2008). B. CA: Jossey-Bass. NY: Henry Holt. the campus learning management system. Control of communicable diseases manual (19 th Ed. M.). L. (2008). includes Community Health materials) Individual transportation Up to date health clearances. Washington. ISBN-10:0-8050-8838-5 Glanz. using both face-to-face and online environments.. K. ISBN: 978-0875531892 Schneider. Introduction to public health (3rd Ed. Rimer. D. & Viswanath.. three units are for theory.C. (2001). Washington. ISBN: 978 1 4338 05615 Ehrenreich. Heymann. California State University. Independent study is expected to keep up with weekly readings and other assignments.K. San Francisco.). K. (Eds). You should check the SacCT course site at least four times a week for messages. Contact time will be divided in the following way: Approximately 50% face-to-face and 50% online.). Since much of this course is online. New York.NURS 144 Spring 2016 Syllabus American Psychological Association (2010). D. Canada: Jones & Bartlett Publishers. or new course materials. emails. Nickel and Dimed: On not getting by in America.). Course Requirements      Internet connection with access to SacCT and Saclink e-mail Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Reader HESI 4th semester Nursing Study Packet (available online. DC: American Psychological Association. Ontario. research. we will be using the SacCT tools within the course for most of our communication. and practice (4th Ed. which translates into nine hours per week of either class time or homework.

planning. may be removed from the agencies without express permission from the preceptors. Additional activities such as attendance at Public Health Nursing (PHN) meetings. California State University. participation in disaster planning. Students may visit the first time with a PHN. No identifying information about clients. Any concerns regarding home visits are to be discussed with the student’s clinical faculty. such as medical records. Home Visits Clinical sites vary in the type and number of clients assigned for home visits. or change in health status) must be shared with the clinical instructor. Questions related to clinical assignments should be directed to the student’s clinical instructor. More detailed instructions may be available on SacCT. as well as assessment of and interventions with communities at risk. Didactic content and nursing interventions are related to groups and aggregates that are identified as being at high risk for the development of health problems. Students are encouraged to make independent home visits when appropriate. 2007). Community/Public Health Nursing is presented within a public health framework. Any pertinent client or family information (e.g. Clinical instructors will clarify home visit requirements specific to the clinical agency. and (3) community assessment. issues of abuse/violence. or with another student. and the Quad Council of PHN Competencies (Quad Council of Public Health Nursing Organization. and teaching. as staff is available. student liaison or preceptor on the day of the student’s contact. Clinical experience is provided within an official public health facility or appropriate community-based agency. (2) allied clinical experiences. 2009). Course Content Overview Contemporary role of the community health nurse is presented within a public health framework. emphasizing the concept of community as client. and exposure to community clinics and resources may be available to supplement the clinical experience. developmental concerns. Sacramento 3 . in this syllabus or from the course faculty. growth changes/failure to thrive. The two units of clinical translate into ninety hours of clinical experience that are required to pass this course. 2008). 2004). built around the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN]. the Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education for Entry Level Community/Public Health Nursing (Association of Community Health Nursing Educators [ACHNE]. Students must report to their clinical instructors or preceptors at the beginning and end of each clinical day. Public Health Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice (American Nurses Association. Clinical Experience The Community/Public Health Nursing clinical experience is centered on: (1) case management of clients receiving services from a community agency.NURS 144 Spring 2016 Syllabus A brief description of assignments is provided below..

worksheets. your responses will help us to improve the course for students in the future. such as developmental disabilities. high-risk prenatal issues. Depending on case availability and acuity levels at the clinical site. Your responses are anonymous and completing this survey is voluntary. Sacramento 4 . and community resources is intentionally developed to foster optimal student learning. critical thinking activities. For the online portions. A collaborative relationship between faculty. and may present with a variety of health issues. students may manage families referred by other professionals within and outside the clinical agency. agency personnel. following initial R. students. culturally diverse populations. This includes individual and team readiness assessments. is covered in NURS 144. California State University. At the end of the semester you will be asked to complete an evaluation of team-based learning strategy used in this class. role modeling. Please see the Topical Outline and Schedule for the course outline and assignments. peer assessment and feedback. certification modules. or theory. and quizzes are used to enhance student learning. thus enabling students the opportunity to apply theories and concepts learned in the classroom. audio-visual materials. and chronic disease management. In the clinical component. lectures. This survey is part of our ongoing research evaluation of the effectiveness of team-based learning in this course. case studies. All certificates must be completed in order to pass the course. online interactive exercises and short courses. The families may represent a broad span of the age spectrum. licensure. In the didactic. written assignments. Students will also participate in community-based health promotion and health education projects. and individual guidance strategies are implemented.NURS 144 Spring 2016 Syllabus This course includes supervised practicums in public health facilities or communitybased agencies. case conferences. speakers.N. assigned readings. and in-class assignments. abuse and neglect. a team-based learning strategy is used for classroom time. portion. If you choose to complete the survey. The necessary content for certification as a Public Health Nurse in the state of California.

Assignments/Examinations Required assignments/examinations for NURS 144 are the class and clinical assignments. Child abuse module). The content of these activities will be integrated in the course quizzes. Examine factors that influence health care delivery systems. Sacramento 5 . Online Learning Modules can be accessed from SacCT. The greater portion of the journal is the Analysis. Some modules require activities that provide certificates (e. please contact the faculty of record.NURS 144 Spring 2016 Syllabus Part 2: Course Objectives Course Objectives Students must meet all course objectives in order to pass the theory and clinical components of the course. the clinical evaluation. which offers the student an opportunity to reflect on the experiences and interactions of the day. peer evaluations. In-class and online activities are provided each week to promote integration of theory content and application of the nursing process to community health. value/bias issues. quizzes (including readiness assessments). learning interactions and the strategies that were effective or not effective are important to consider in the analysis narrative. If you have questions pertaining to a specific online module or class. Areas of concern. prioritization. students are encouraged to incorporate theoretical contents in their reflections. ethical dilemmas. and online modules. group work. Reflection Journals Students will complete eight weekly reflection journals during their clinical experience.g. Activities will allow students to practice skills in the areas of critical thinking. Apply nursing concepts and demonstrate clinical reasoning when implementing principles of public health with varied populations across the lifespan. Certificates that are scanned and dropped into the appropriate assignment box on SacCT are preferred. Clinical instructors will notify students on the method of California State University. 3. As appropriate. These certificates must be submitted to faculty of record by due date. and certificates. but they may also be hand-delivered to the classroom on or before the due date. followed by a more in-depth Analysis. The student is expected to: 1. Theory Assessments In-class assessments will cover content from lectures (both in-class and online). This weekly journal format will have two parts: a brief listing of the Activities of the day. Certificates that are printed with the completion dates and the student’s name are mandatory for passing course. assigned readings and viewings. 2.. Apply principles of community health to population-based nursing. and population-based nursing interventions.

and conclusion of a clearly defined project. evaluation. but not limited to: 1. Additional resources for this assignment are posted in SacCT. Students will receive a group grade for this group project and paper. implementation. health promotion. Health Education Project In order to provide students an opportunity to explore community and population health assessment. Participation in clinical conferences 4. Each clinical instructor will provide further details regarding this assignment. Completion of all assigned activities 7. Windshield Survey This is a survey about the community that the students will complete within the first four weeks of clinical and will be submitted to the clinical instructor via SacCT. Observational visits 2. planning. in collaboration with their clinical instructors. Clinical evaluation is based on all clinical activities including. Although a portion of the work required for these clinical projects may be performed during the clinical day.NURS 144 Spring 2016 Syllabus submission. evaluation. Sacramento 6 . Clinical Evaluation Students will participate in an individual face-to-face conference with the clinical instructor mid-semester and at the end of the clinical practicum. implementation. Each clinical agency and location has unique opportunities and challenges and the exact nature of the health education project will likely differ and be dependent on a number of variables. and presentation of project. Clinical instructors will provide further details regarding clinical assignments. Community Health Assessment Student groups will complete either a geopolitical or targeted community health assessment. risk reduction. and in the preparation of the paper. as assigned by the students’ clinical faculty. student groups. non-clinical hours will be required to complete the assignments. Feedback from agency staff 6. The clinical evaluation tool is posted in the Clinical Documents section of SacCT. Client assignment & recordkeeping 3. The process will include an assessment. summary. will select a health education project to be completed during the semester. and disease prevention. Reflection journals California State University. Completion of specified hours of clinical practice 5. each member is expected to participate equally in the preparation. Additional information about this assignment is posted in SacCT. Groups will present their community health assessment as a power point presentation during clinical time to their clinical groups and clinical faculty and/or community agency staff.

Any changes will be clearly noted during the first class session/orientation. Sacramento 7 . Note also that the Topical Outline and Schedule does not reflect individual clinical rotation assignments. The Topical Outline and Schedule can be found on SacCT. is subject to change. along with course assignments and due dates. California State University.NURS 144 Spring 2016 Syllabus Part 3: Topical Outline and Schedule Important Note: This syllabus. It is the student’s responsibility to check SacCT for updates to the syllabus.

Course grading is as follows: Assignments Percentage Submit to: In-class activities 7% In class In-class individual readiness assessments 5% In class In-class team readiness assessments 15% In class Team peer review by team members 3% As instructed Homework assignments 15% As instructed Pass/Fail As instructed 8% Clinical Faculty Community Windshield Survey 7% Clinical Faculty Community Health Assessment – Oral presentation with PowerPoint (group grade) Health Education project and paper (group grade) Clinical Evaluation – Form posted in SacCT. assignments. A number of non-graded items will be required and must be completed and documentation provided to the faculty as requested. and requirements. The student must achieve a cumulative average of 73% on all graded course assignments. Midterm and Final 25% Clinical Faculty 15% Clinical Faculty Pass/Fail Clinical Faculty Online modules and certificates -. All assignments must be completed and students must receive a satisfactory clinical evaluation in order to achieve a passing grade in the course. Sacramento 100% 8 .completion required to pass course Reflection Journals – 8 total Total California State University. Grades are posted in SacCT.NURS 144 Spring 2016 Syllabus Part 4: Grading Policy To successfully pass this course. each student must meet all NURS 144 course and clinical objectives.

Likewise.9% 72.NURS 144 Spring 2016 Syllabus Letter Grade Assignment (based on percentage. and disrupts the orderly and consistent care and attention to client needs.9% and below Performance Excellent Work Nearly Excellent Work Very Good Work Good Work Mostly Good Work Above Average Work Average Work Failing work Part 5: Course Policies Attendance Attendance: Theory Students are expected to attend and participate in all online and face-to-face class sessions.9% 77-79. faculty. In the event that the student does miss a clinical day. therefore attendance and on-time arrival is required for all clinical hours. late arrival to clinical is disruptive to the class and interferes with the scheduled activities of agency staff. Two missed clinical days and/or late arrivals may lead to a failure of the clinical portion of the course.9% 87-89. Participation California State University. Non-attendance places an undue burden on the clients.9% 80-82. Students who are late (tardy) for clinical on two separate occasions may be dismissed from the clinical experience. agency and staff. Failure to notify the instructor and agency staff of an absence may result in failure of the course. Late arrivals and missed clinical days may result in disciplinary action.9% 73-76. Attendance in face-to-face and online activities is necessary for success in a hybrid course. Any absence from clinical hours must be approved by the clinical instructor.9% 83-86. the student must complete an alternative make-up experience as determined by the clinical faculty. Attendance: Clinical Attendance at every clinical day is vital to successfully completing the course. rounded to tenth place): Letter Grade A AB+ B BC+ C F Course Percentage 93-100% 90-92. Sacramento 9 . Students must notify both the clinical instructor and the agency before the start of the clinical day for any absences.

to understand their definitions. attempting to gain knowledge of exam items or related content. Once academic dishonesty is determined to have taken place. Student Conduct Participation in the nursing program obligates students to demonstrate professional behavior at all make sure you let the faculty of record know as early as possible. building rapport and proactive relationships are key to becoming an effective professional. Students are encouraged to actively participate during class activities and have professional discourse with peers and faculty on topics relevant to the lecture. Likewise. will receive a score of zero. written words in emails and online communication are often misinterpreted from the author’s intended message. Ten percent (10%) per day will be deducted from assignment grade for late assignments. See also the Sacramento State Policy Manual (http://www. Make sure you are proactive in informing your professors when difficulties arise during the semester so that faculty can help you find a solution. Differences in viewpoint should be expressed in a manner that is conducive to learning and respectful to others. This concept is violated when a student gains an unfair advantage over other students such as is the case when copying others’ assignments. and to consult with faculty if you need assistance. adhering to the Student Code of Conduct found in the Student California State University. Sacramento 10 . but not limited to. Late Work Late clinical assignments will not be accepted unless special arrangements are made with the instructor before the due date. or plagiarizing published works. course failure or program dismissal. the School of Nursing Student Handbook requires notification of the University’s Student Affairs office. If any part of your written or verbal work is suspected of academic dishonesty (whether you benefited from or provided an unfair advantage). As you will find. Electronic Devices Students are not permitted to use computers or other electronic devices (cell phones or text messaging) during class unless directed by faculty for a specific class activity. University Policies Academic Honesty Academic honesty is ensured when a student completes academic work on his/her own merit.htm). It is your responsibility to review the university policy and student handbook regarding academic honesty and plagiarism.NURS 144 Spring 2016 Syllabus Students will complete in-class activities or SacCT assignments each week. Asking for Assistance If you find that you have any trouble keeping up with assignments or other aspects of the course. the assignment will not be accepted. and the student(s) will be subject to disciplinary action including.

It is the student’s responsibility to provide documentation of disability to SSWD and meet with a SSWD counselor to request special accommodation before classes start. and resources available. online tutorials. To learn more about available resources visit the Sac State Library website (http://library. Student Computing Labs Students can use any of the IRT managed student computer labs on campus. failure of a please contact your instructor as soon as possible. students are expected to follow the University Student Code of Conduct (http://www. please call 916. It is the student’s responsibility to check SacCT for corrections or updates to the syllabus. research databases. notice of jeopardy of failing a course. Additionally. Writing Center The College of Health and Human Services Writing Center. and/or dismissal from the nursing program and/or University. is a program designed to assist students with all stages of writing from pre-writing through editing a text utilizing a peer-tutoring environment. Any changes will be posted in SacCT.csus. located in Solano Hall 5000.278. Violation of any of these principles. whether during class times or course-related activities. computer labs. Visit the University Labs website (http://www.NURS 144 Spring 2016 Syllabus Handbook (see also the statements in the School of Nursing Philosophy). study SSWD is located in Lassen Hall 1008 and can be contacted by phone at (916) 2786955 (Voice) (916) 278-7239 (TDD only) or via email at sswd@csus. University Resources Sac State Library As a Sac State student you have access to the various resources offered by the library such as book Special Note Course policies are subject to change. Standards for Written Work Written work should adhere to APA format unless otherwise stated. may result in one or more of the following: letter of reprimand placed in the student Reasonable Accommodation If you have a documented disability and verification from the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities (SSWD).csus. referral to University Student Affairs. etc.HTM) and to adhere to all policies found within the School of Nursing Student Handbook.csus. If you have questions about the Center. Sacramento 11 . and wish to discuss academic accommodations. hours. The Center is staffed by graduate students from the English Department.html ) for information about locations. California State University.