The written assignment requires students to integrate the role of the nurse with the building of healthy communities. This will assist you to meet the demands of a shift in care delivery and expose you to the reality that the nursing practice environment reaches beyond the health care facility toward a broader context. Skills necessary for graduate practice include an understanding that the role of a nurse can extend beyond the health care facility and into the wider community.
You are a nurse working in a disadvantaged community. Describe how you would work in partnership using a strengths-based approach with community groups to develop a mutually respectful and supportive collaboration in a high needs community to address a health issue (one of the NHPAs). Learning outcomes assessed: LO3, LO4, LO5.
LO3 critically discuss the role of the nurse in meeting the diverse health and well-being needs of individuals and communities across a range of local and global settings through partnerships between stakeholders, multidisciplinary health care teams, community groups and volunteer organisations; (GA2, GA4, GA7)
LO4 appraise the changing role of health care in communities and how the role of the nurse might evolve to meet these future challenges whilst retaining respect for the dignity, culture, values, beliefs and rights of people requiring assistance with health management; (GA4, GA7)
LO5 critically reflect on how nurses can participate in ethical community engagement that is based on reciprocity, capacity building, enhancing the dignity and wellbeing of community members, and that results in transformative learning (GA1, GA2, GA4).
You are a nurse working in a disadvantaged community. Describe how you would work in partnership using a strengths-based approach with community groups to develop a mutually respectful and supportive collaboration in a high needs community to address a health issue (one of the NHPAs – see the list below). Students should select one of the National Health Priority Areas listed below on which to focus the essay discussion.
- Cancer control
- Cardiovascular health
- Injury prevention and control
- Mental health My chosen Topic
- Diabetes mellitus
- Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions
Guidelines for preparing your essay
In developing your essay – • Read widely. • Have a clear understanding of what the topic is asking you to write about and ensure you include discussion of each of the elements identified in the topic statement. • Use credible, current and relevant evidence from a range of evidence sources (that is, peer-reviewed academic journals, appropriate and recent textbooks, online reports, research evidence and discussion papers from reputable and scholarly websites; primary sources) to support the development of your ideas, argument and discussion. • Add depth and meaning to your discussion by referring to examples which demonstrate the role and function of the nurse in working with community groups to address community health issues. Your examples may focus on local, national or international contexts.
• Write for your target audience – in this case, the marker of your work, who is a registered nurse with experience in planning and carrying out health promotion activities in a collaborative way. • Consideration should be given to the requirements for nursing practice in all practice settings laid down in the NMBA RN Standards for Practice (2016), NMBA Code of Conduct for Nurses (2018) and ICN Code of Ethics (2018) Links to these documents can be accessed here. • Ensure you write your assignment using essay format. This means your assignment should have an introduction, body and conclusion. Traditionally, essays do not have headings, subheadings, lists or tables (see ACU Academic Skills Unit. (2020). “What are Academic essays?”)