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Strategy Submission

Community reflection: Experiences, understanding, and a call to action


Angela D. Jones



Associate Professor



Stephen F. Austin State University


Competency Categories:

Patient-Centered Care

Learner Level(s):

Pre-Licensure BSN, RN to BSN

Learner Setting(s):

Clinical Setting

Strategy Type:

Paper Assignments

Learning Objectives:

Patient-Centered Care: a.Knowledge- i.The student will identify the role, goals, benefits, and challenges associated with community/public nursing care. b.Skills- i.The student will reflect on how patients and family members were engaged as active partners to promote health, safety, well-being, and self-care management. c.Attitudes – i.The student will describe clinical practice interventions to promote community/public health in future clinical practice.

Strategy Overview:

Community reflection: Experiences, understanding, and a call to action, is a reflective short paper designed to challenge nursing students to reflect on their community health clinical experiences while identifying the role, goals, benefits, and challenges associated with community/public health nursing care. Additionally, students are challenged to consider how they can promote community/public health in their future careers, regardless of the area of clinical practice. The assignment integrates evidence-based practice to support the students’ ideas. Assignment Instructions After completing your clinical rotations for Nursing Care of Community Populations, you will reflect on your clinical learning experiences in this community nursing course as you discuss your clinical experiences at each of the clinical sites. What did you experience and learn? How were patients and family members engaged as active partners in promoting health, safety, well-being, and self-care management? Discuss any information or situations that surprised you or were different than you expected. Next, discuss the role of community/public health nurse focusing on patient-centered care. Identify the goals, benefits, and challenges of community/public health nurse in caring for members of a community. How will you promote community health in your professional career, regardless of your practice area? You will need to integrate evidence-based practice to add support to your ideas. Directions You will compose the reflective short paper as a Word document using APA format for the page setup. The required template has been provided for you and has been formatted according to current APA guidelines. The content should be two to three pages in length not including the title and reference pages. Be clear and concise in your writing. Submit via Dropbox in Brightspace by (due date and time).

Submitted Materials:

Community-Reflective-Short-Paper-Assignment-Directions-1.pdf -

Community-Reflective-Short-Paper-Grading-Rubric-1.pdf -

Additional Materials:

Evaluation Description:

Traditionally, nursing students were assigned a series of standard reflective questions to complete after each community clinical rotation. The students expressed frustration with the repetitive use of the same reflective questions. This resulted in a lack of engagement by the majority of students and frustration for faculty in grading the assignments. A reflective short paper was developed to allow students greater flexibility in reflecting on their community clinical experiences at the completion of the experiences. Additionally, to evaluate the student’s understanding and application of the course concepts, components addressing the role, goals, benefits, and challenges of community/public health nursing were added. To encourage students to consider how their future practice could influence community health, students were asked to consider how they could promote community health in their future clinical practice. A grading rubric was developed to evaluate the assignment. Anecdotally, students have mentioned the value of the paper in applying course concepts and reflecting on their clinical practice. Overall, the response from the students has been overwhelmingly positive. Faculty grading the assignment has seen the additional benefit of students integrating critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment in addressing the assignment prompts while focusing on patient-centered care. The assignment has also contributed to the development of integrating supportive evidence while encouraging scholarly writing.
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