Community Nursing

Course Code:

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:
Spring 2021



Course Description:
This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse as he/she relates to community and public health nursing, disaster preparedness, and epidemiology. The course examines nursing care designed to prevent and/or reduce risk of disease and injury and promote health and wellness to diverse populations across the age spectrum. Consideration is given to evidenced based research for the development of critical thinking using the nursing process.

Course Details


Robbin Pumphrey, DNP, MBA, MSN, BSN, RN, CENL



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Community/Public Health Nursing: Promoting the Health of Populations; 7th ed.; Nies, Mary A., McEwen, Melanie. (2019) Elsevier, St. Louis, Missouri., ISBN # 9780323528948


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


The standing of a student in each course is expressed by one of the following letters and corresponding grading system:
A – 90 – 100
B – 80 – 89
C – 75 – 79
D – 60 – 74
F – 59 or less


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

N1 Apply effective interpersonal relationship and leadership skills in the management concepts, decision making, delegation, and provision of high quality nursing care in a variety of settings.

N2 Critically evaluate evidences-based findings from various sources, determine relevance and application to improve patient outcomes.

N3 Evaluate needs within various practices including acute care, long term care, and community settings and formulate teaching plans based on identified issues, and improved health care delivery.

N4 Serve as a change agent and client advocate in the practice of professional nursing with individuals, families, groups, and communities.

N5 Apply the nursing professional role and foundation, to promote effective teambuilding in the delivery of health teaching and counseling skills throughout the lifespan of the client.

N6 Identify and deliver culturally sensitive care to diverse populations served within various practice settings.

Professional Standards

Healthy People 2020

National Patient Safety Goals

ACEN Standards


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Cite the impact of economic, political, cultural, legal, and ethical issues on community and public health nursing. (N1-N6, See Above )

Evaluate epidemiologic research and apply findings to evidence based public health nursing practice. (N1-N6, See Above)

Analyze health care issues among diverse populations. (N1-N6, See Above)

Identify environmental health issues related to specific populations in the community. (N1-N6, See Above)

Develop a health promotion and wellness plan of care for specific populations utilizing the nursing process, Healthy People 2020 objectives and National Patient Safety Goals (N1-N6, See Above)

Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the nurse in emergency and disaster events and the special needs of the community. (N1-N6, See Above)  

N1-N6 for all 

Discussion Board, Reading Assignments, Writing Assignments, Projects (for all learning outcomes)


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Reading Assignments from course text with online discussion board participation, writing assignments, and Final Exam

Discussion Board - 30%

Community Assessment Paper – 25%

Community Health Education Project – 35% (Proctored Component)

Final Exam 10%


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Community Nursing

This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse as he/she relates to community and public health nursing, disaster preparedness, and epidemiology.