Community health nursing provides care not only to the individual patients, but to the families and the communities in which they live. The BSN nursing students are immersed into the community experience, allowing an opportunity to become well-rounded and explore a variety of nursing challenges. With the changing health care system, and the advancing age of the population, nurses are needed more in the home and in the community setting.
Nurses in the community setting serve as educators, advocates for the patients, counselors, and patient liaisons/case managers, as well as providers of direct patient care. Students have observed that these clinical opportunities have opened their eyes to new avenues which nursing has to offer that were nonexistent prior to this clinical experience and have realized that community nursing plays a vital role in caring for the chronically ill and the aging population as well as the under privileged and under-served populations.
This presentation will give specific examples of community health nursing facilities utilized to provide an opportunity for senior students to be exposed to a variety of nursing opportunities within the community. The students were able to utilize critical thinking skills, advocate for individual patients and families, and provide direct patient care.