Academic-Practice Partnership in Public Health Nursing

Working with Families in a Village-Based Collaboration

Rebecca A. Davis, Dianne Travers Gustafson

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Objectives: The purpose of this program development and evaluation project was to promote healthy families and communities by creating academic-practice partnerships, educating BSN students and building family-nursing student partnerships that were supported by a "village" of interconnected resources. Design and Sample: A mixed-methods design was used for the project. Data were collected from a convenience sample of vulnerable families, BSN students engaged in PHN practica, and partner members. Measures: Nine tools were developed to capture data over two semesters including a GIS mapping strategy. Results: One hundred and seventy-five home visits were completed with 20 families, 14 of whom needed interpreter assistance. Families reported satisfaction with the quality of home visits, education, and assistance toward health goals. Fifty-three students provided 202 educational interventions, 39 community resource connections, and 46 care transitions. Students reported linking theory with practice and valued the PHN practicum experience. Academic-practice partners identified opportunities for program development and sustainability. GIS mapping illustrated complex family linkages to community resources. Conclusions: Results suggest that young, vulnerable families benefit from public health nursing (PHN) home visits, but sustaining home visit programs is challenging. Academic-practice partnerships can guide students and families partnered in a reciprocal relationship with village resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-338
Number of pages12
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

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Partnership Practice
Public Health Nursing
House Calls
Students
Program Development
Program Evaluation
Family Nursing
Patient Transfer
Nursing Students
Nursing Homes
Education

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing(all)

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Academic-Practice Partnership in Public Health Nursing : Working with Families in a Village-Based Collaboration. / Davis, Rebecca A.; Travers Gustafson, Dianne.

In: Public Health Nursing, Vol. 32, No. 4, 01.07.2015, p. 327-338.

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