Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Preparing baccalaureate nursing students for community/public health nursing: Belief systems and values of nurse educators and administrators
by Bouchaud, Mary T., Ph.D., Capella University, 2011, 262; 3486994
Abstract (Summary)

Educational preparation of baccalaureate nurses remains entrenched in yesterday's health care environment. Societal trends and challenges for health care in the 21st century such as an aging and elderly population, a shift from infectious diseases to chronic conditions, and the need for health care practitioners skilled in working with educated consumers instead of providing care to submissive patients is changing how health care is being delivered in the 21st century. Although acute medical problems will always require the attention of institutional providers, educational models focused exclusively on treating acute symptoms becomes more inadequate by the year. The models of academic and clinical nursing education remain focused on acute care and inpatient, hospital settings. A culture change among nurse educators and in nursing education is needed to prepare competent practitioners capable of practicing from a health promotion/ disease prevention, Community/population focused construct in caring for a population of patients that are presenting health problems and conditions that persist across decades and/or lifetimes.

This study utilized a qualitative research design to determine the belief systems and values of baccalaureate nurse educators and administrators in preparing baccalaureate nursing students for Community/public health nursing(C/PHN) capable of managing the health needs of communities and populations. An in-depth, semi-structured interview of thirteen nurse educators and six nurse administrators from two urban baccalaureate university schools of nursing (for a total of 19 individuals) was conducted. These findings will be useful to baccalaureate nurse educators and administrators in preparing baccalaureate nursing students for Community/public health nursing and practice in the changing health care system of the 21st century.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jones, Lynn K.
Commitee: Esmail, Ashraf, Gurenlian, JoAnn
School: Capella University
Department: School of Public Service Leadership
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 73/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Health education
Keywords: Beliefs and values, Community and public health, Educators and administrators, Job preparation, Nursing education, Public health nursing
Publication Number: 3486994
ISBN: 978-1-267-05651-1
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