Community Nursing Assessment

A class on community nursing is included in both BSN and RN to BSN programs. Community nursing has a wide range of possiblilities including public health, home health and school nursing.

The community assessment project

The community assessment included looking at a specific community and assessing that particular group for health needs. The community I evaluated was a day care center. The community assessment wheel as outlined in Anderson and McFarlane was used for this assessment. The windshield survey included:

  • physical environment
  • education
  • safety and transportation
  • politics and government
  • health and social services
  • communication
  • economics
  • recreation

A sample of the commununity nursing assessment outline is available for use as a guide in our members area. Not a member yet? Sign up for our free newsletter and free member area here.

After the community nursing assessment was completed a paper was required that included an evaluation of the air and water quality of the area, as well as the safety of the city. I have provided a reference list at the bottom of this page from this paper as a sample that includes nursing journals and internet research. Included in this paper was an outline of an educational plan based on the community assessment. A draft of this final paper is available in our free member area.

The community nursing assessment education project

For the second half of the project a presentation was designed for continued education on the spread of germs and the importance of handwashing. The attached powerpoint is a copy of the presentation and a handout reference card. This presentation is copyrighted but may be used as a reference if cited. It also includes a reference list to assist with designing your own presentation. I am providing this information as a resource to assist others with this community nursing assessment project.

Community assessment paper


Anderson, E. T., & McFarlane, J. (2008). Community as partner: Theory in practice and Nursing (5th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Area Connect (2009). Crime rate comparison: Houston vs. Katy. Retrieved March 8, 2009, from c1=Houston&s1=TX&c2=Katy&s2=TX

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2008). An ounce of prevention keeps the germs away: Seven keys to a safer healthier home. Retrieved March 8, 2009, from

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2008). Clean Hands Save Lives! Retrieved March 8, 2009, from

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (n.d.). Stopping germs at home, work and school. Retrieved March 8, 2009, from

City of Houston (2009). Drinking water operations. Retrieved March 8, 2009, from

Cy-Fair Houston: Chamber of Commerce (2008). Demographic detail summary report. Retrieved March 8, 2009, from DemographicDetailSummaryReport.pdf

Cy-Fair Houston: Chamber of Commerce (n.d.). Other resources: Emergency Services. Retrieved March 7, 2009, from

Cy-Fair Houston: Chamber of Commerce (n.d.). School Districts. Retrieved March 7, 2009, from

Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District (n.d.). State of the district: Effective communicator. Retrieved March 8, 2009, from

Gordon, M. (2007). Manual of Nursing Diagnosis (11th ed.). Mississauga, Ontario: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Greater Houston Partnership: (2008). Economic development. Retrieved March 8, 2009, from

Illinois State Board of Education (2008). Resources on early learning: Tip sheets: Fight germs! Wash your hands!. Retrieved April 19, 2009, from

Larson, E. (2001). Hygiene of the skin: When is clean too clean?. Retrieved April 19, 2009, from

Lee, M. B., & Greig, J. D. (2008). A review of enteric outbreaks in child care centers: effective infection control recommendations. Journal of Environmental Health, 71(3), 24-32. Retrieved February 27, 2009, from 40sessionmgr108

Purell (n.d.). Purell home page. Retrieved April 19, 2009, from

Sawyer, W. (2009). Henry the hand home page. Retrieved April 19, 2009, from

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (2008). Houston metropolitan area. Retrieved March 8, 2009, from metro:1#interpret

U.S. Census Bureau (2008). Income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the United Stated: 2007. Retrieved March 8, 2009, from 235.pdf

U.S. Census Bureau (n.d.). Data profile: Harris County, Texas. Retrieved February 28, 2009, from qr_name=ACS_2007_3YR_G00_DP3YR5&-ds_name=ACS_2007_3YR_G00_&-_lang=en&-_sse=on

Ulrich, S. P., & Canale, S. W. (2005). Nursing care planning guides for adults in acute, extended, and home care settings (6th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Health Services.

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