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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.

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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 http://www.areaconnect.com/crime/compare.htm? 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 http://www.cdc.gov/ounceofprevention/docs/oop_brochure_eng.pdf

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2008). Clean Hands Save Lives! Retrieved March 8, 2009, from http://www.cdc.gov/cleanhands/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (n.d.). Stopping germs at home, work and school. Retrieved March 8, 2009, from http://www.cdc.gov/germstopper/home_work_school.htm

City of Houston (2009). Drinking water operations. Retrieved March 8, 2009, from http://www.publicworks.houstontx.gov/utilities/drinkingwater.htm

Cy-Fair Houston: Chamber of Commerce (2008). Demographic detail summary report. Retrieved March 8, 2009, from http://www.cyfairchamber.com/developers/documents/ DemographicDetailSummaryReport.pdf

Cy-Fair Houston: Chamber of Commerce (n.d.). Other resources: Emergency Services. Retrieved March 7, 2009, from http://www.cyfairchamber.com/residents/EmergencyServices.html

Cy-Fair Houston: Chamber of Commerce (n.d.). School Districts. Retrieved March 7, 2009, from http://www.cyfairchamber.com/residents/

Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District (n.d.). State of the district: Effective communicator. Retrieved March 8, 2009, from http://www.cfisd.net/aboutour/state.pdf

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

Greater Houston Partnership: Houston.org (2008). Economic development. Retrieved March 8, 2009, from http://www.houston.org/economic-development/index.html

Illinois State Board of Education (2008). Resources on early learning: Tip sheets: Fight germs! Wash your hands!. Retrieved April 19, 2009, from http://www.illinoisearlylearning.org/tipsheets/handwashing.htm

Larson, E. (2001). Hygiene of the skin: When is clean too clean?. Retrieved April 19, 2009, from http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol7no2/larson.htm

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 http://web.ebscohost.com.databases.wtamu.edu:2048/ehost/pdf?vid=11&hid=102&sid=4bd164d8-e080-4449-9ba3-35622691f4d5% 40sessionmgr108

Purell (n.d.). Purell home page. Retrieved April 19, 2009, from http://www.purell.com.cn/en/index.html

Sawyer, W. (2009). Henry the hand home page. Retrieved April 19, 2009, from http://www.henrythehand.com/pages/content/index.html

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (2008). Houston metropolitan area. Retrieved March 8, 2009, from http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/compliance/monops/aqi_rpt.pl? metro:1#interpret

U.S. Census Bureau (2008). Income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the United Stated: 2007. Retrieved March 8, 2009, from http://www.census.gov/prod/2008pubs/p60- 235.pdf

U.S. Census Bureau (n.d.). Data profile: Harris County, Texas. Retrieved February 28, 2009, from http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ADPTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=05000US48201&- 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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