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

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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