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NURS422 - Community Health II

Course Details

Course Code: NURS422 Course ID: 4842 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is only open to students who are enrolled in the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program. In this course, the student will focus on the community as client with an emphasis on specific vulnerable populations and related topics such as; substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence, women and men’s issues and environmental health. The student will gain knowledge of under-served populations as well as how communities are affected by culture diversity and natural and man-made disasters. Clinical experiences will allow for the implementation of a teaching project for a designated vulnerable population. The student will complete the clinical teaching project that began in NURS421. Students must arrange for a BSN-prepared project mentor prior to the start of this course. Formal mentor agreements will be signed during the first week of the course. If at all possible, the student should have the same mentor for 421 and 422. (Prerequisite: NURS421)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Evaluate your community’s overall public health status. (PO 5, PO 7)
  2. Analyze your community’s ability to meet Healthy People 2020 goals. (PO 7, PO 8)
  3. Explore the leadership roles of nurses in community health nursing. (PO 1, PO 6, PO 9)
  4. Analyze the impact of community health issues related to current healthcare policy. (PO 7)
  5. Examine the ethical and professional responsibilities of the community health nurse in providing care for vulnerable populations. (PO 8)
  6. Explore the specific nursing roles addressing health disparities in communities. (PO 2, PO 9)
  7. Evaluate your community’s ability to respond to a natural or man-made disaster. (PO 1, PO 2)
  8. Implement a teaching project for a vulnerable population within your community (PO1, PO 2, PO 3, PO 4, PO 5, PO 6, PO 7, PO 8 PO 9)

*Also please see weekly course objectives.

Baccalaureate Essentials covered in this course include I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX.

Reading Assignments:

This course requires a time management plan and the self-discipline to follow it. You are responsible for managing your time, completing assignments on time, completing the readings, and making inquiries as needed to complete the course effectively. This is an eight-week course, which means the material must be learned in a short period of time. This requires dedication and diligence on the part of each student. You should plan to spend about 18 hours per week in class work for this 3 credit course.

Reading assignments will be assessed through the discussion forums and other written assignments.

Supplemental Readings: (See the list of websites)

Forum Assignments:

Introductory Forum

Your introductory Forum is considered by the university to be your official entry into the classroom. You must participate in this Forum by midnight, Eastern Time on Sunday of the first week of class. Your initial response must be a minimum of 250 words. Read below for more information about other Forum assignments in this course.

The interaction that takes place within the Forum is an essential component of this course. Each week, you will be required to interact in asynchronous mode with your fellow students. Each week’s Forum contains a question that is relevant to the content for the week. The questions posed in the Forum will encourage you to think more deeply about the weekly lesson content. Your initial posting each week should be between 100-250 words and should be posted by Wednesday. Your responses to your classmates should be meaningful and contribute to the overall growth of knowledge about the topic under discussion. The response posts should be submitted by midnight Sunday. However, it is recommended that the student not wait until Sunday to respond their peers as this limits the overall quality of the discussion. The rubric by which each Forum posting will be graded is posted in the Week One Forum.

For your Forum assignment each week you will be responsible for the following:

1) Research and respond to the question that is posted. Your textbook and the other assigned readings, videos, and websites, should be your first source of information for the discussion post. Your post should be substantive and relevant to the question that is posed.

2) Respond to a minimum of two of your classmates. In larger classes, it is expected that you will respond to more than the minimum number. If the class size is small, this required number may be changed at the discretion of your instructor. Your responses to your classmates(s) constitute a significant portion of your Forum grade, so be sure that they are meaningful responses that contribute to the overall quality of the weekly discussion and encourage “out of the box” thinking. Just saying “I agree….” is not acceptable.

3) If you cite any resources in the course of preparing your response, you need to reference them at the end of your post, just as you would in a paper, using correct APA format.

4) Since the discussion is asynchronous, you are not required to be online at a specific time with either the professor or your classmates. However, as you can see, it will be difficult for your classmates to respond in a timely manner if you do not post your initial response early. Therefore, with the exception of Week 1, the initial posting in each week’s Forum is due by Wednesday of that week. The response posts are due by Sunday at midnight, EST. There will be no points awarded for posts that are made after the week is over. The Forum rubric includes point deductions for late submission of both your initial post and your responses. If you have questions or need additional guidance, you should email your instructor at the college email address that is provided in the syllabus and in the classroom.

Remember that all times in this classroom are Eastern Time (Daylight or Standard, as applicable)

Reflection Forum

The Reflection Forum will serve as the reflective journaling component of this course. In this Forum, the instructor will post a question, or possibly a presentation, during the weeks that are indicated in your syllabus. As with the other Weekly Forums, you should try to post your initial response to the question by Wednesday and make peer responses by Sunday night. However, in the

Reflection Forum, you will be graded for your attendance and participation, not on the content of your discussion. There is no grade associated with responses in the Reflection Forum, although they are encouraged and appreciated. This is different than in the classroom Forum, which does have a rubric for content quality.


Instructions for these assignments, as well as information about grading, can be found in the Assignments section of the classroom.


You will have one quiz that follows the on-line module “Outbreak at Water’s Edge”

Vulnerable Population Teaching Project

This is the implementation of the teaching project proposal that you created in NUR421 (Part A - 20hrs). This project will be implemented in NUR422 (Part B – 20 hrs). The project will total 40 hours.

The directions for this project can be found in Week one assignments and in Week eight. This assignment is due at the end of Week eight, but it may take the full eight weeks to implement the project. Students are encouraged to begin working on this project at the beginning of the course.

You will be using a project mentor for your community health project. Ideally, this will be the same person with whom you worked in NURS421. This baccalaureate-prepared nurse can help you in setting objectives that reflect your local community and can assist you in the assignments related to the clinical project. It will be your responsibility to arrange for this relationship and complete the required forms (located in the Lessons section of the classroom).

You will need to keep a log of the hours and activities related to your clinical project. All required forms are located in the designated section in the Assignments. The forms that will be required for this course include:

  • The signed mentor agreement form
  • The mentor’s CV
  • The project log
  • The mentor’s evaluation.

Required Readings: (See the Lessons)

Additional Resources

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

National Alliance on Mental Illness

“Beating the Black Dog”

“What is Depression”

“Nursing Behind Bars”

The website for the International Association of National Forensic Nurses

The CDC website for Intimate Partner Violence

Find information about your own state related to child abuse laws

Review some of the key national indicators of well-being related to children, found at:

Review the status of education in the U.S. along with issues such as bullying at:

Review the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program at:

NIH Toxnet website


This site shows where all the Superfund sites are located.


This site helps you understand what is in your cosmetics and which ones are safe

This site shows the safety of household products

Review the extensive FEMA website for comprehensive disaster management information

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), website regarding women’s health

Information about cancer in women

CDC website on women’s health

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) website regarding men’s health

Men’s and Women’s Health Checklist

Depression in Men

Videos to encourage people to stop smoking (men and women)

The website for the Administration on Aging discusses community resources for seniors

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Arizona State University

NIH publication on Palliative Care

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Community/Public Health Nursing: Promoting the Health of Populations, 6th ed - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; link also provided in the classroom Lessons section
Unit Cost:$107.66

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.