ASN Nursing Students: Caring for the Community
Author: Dawana Gibbs, MSN, RN, CNE
Service-learning for this nursing fundamentals course was designed to reinforce the course outcomes by providing health and/or safety related teaching to community partners. These partners collaborated with faculty and students to identify an appropriate topic related to health promotion/illness prevention. Students worked in small groups to develop and deliver teaching presentations to assigned communities. To properly complete the service, students had to call upon course concepts and skills such as developmental theory, communication, teamwork, and sensitivity to diversity. Course outcomes were reinforced through students working as a group, considering principles of health promotion, and exposing themselves to the health beliefs, needs and practices of people in the community.