Development of a community health nursing course grounded in Nightingale's Framework
Susan Calhoun, DNP, RN, Assistant Professor, and Associate Director, RN to BSN Program
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- Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts, USA
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The lack of theory in Community Health Nursing (CHN) education is significant. Nightingale’s theory, with its emphasis on environmental effects on health, could guide CHN, and teaching her theory’s points in CHN courses could better prepare future nurses to provide care. The purpose of this scholarly practice project was to learn nursing students’ perceptions of using the Nightingale Environmental Adaptation Theory of Nursing Practice (NEATNP) in their community health nursing education experience, and how this helped them to understand the importance of theory in practice. The objective of this scholarly practice project was to develop, implement, and evaluate a baccalaureate level CHN course grounded in the Nightingale Environmental Adaptation of Nursing Practice. The researcher has developed and implemented the CHN course, including didactic and clinical instruction. The course was followed by an evaluation, a descriptive qualitative study design using focus groups for data collection. The Classic Analysis Strategy method, used for data analysis, revealed that the baccalaureate students had positive perceptions of this CHN course, with some suggestions for the course in the future. Their positive perceptions and the enthusiasm demonstrated in the focus groups confirmed the researcher’s belief that there is a need for theory, specifically the NEATNP, in baccalaureate nursing education.
|Type||DNP Capstone Project|
|Review Type||None: Degree-based Submission|
|Research Approach||Qualitative Research|
|CINAHL Subject(s)||Nightingale's Nursing Theory;
Nursing Models, Theoretical;
Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate;
Community Health Nursing;
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