NRSG371 - Building Healthy Communities

10 cp
Prerequisites: For BN, BN/BBA and BN/BP students: Completion of a minimum of 140 credit points.
For BN(EN) students: Nil
Teaching Organisation

To function effectively as a graduate nurse, a working knowledge of the larger context of health is essential. This unit is required by students to assist them to understand the role of the nurse in health promotion, community settings and community engagement, as well as how nurses work with other disciplines and key stakeholders.

This unit will assist students to understand that the care they provide as graduates across a variety of clinical settings is contextualized within the larger context of health. Using ACU’s community engagement principles and values, students will examine key issues in working in community settings as well as reflect on participating in community engagement. The creation of healthy communities will be examined by focusing on the role of health promotion and self-management in illness prevention. The role of the nurse in health promotion program planning and evaluation will be examined. A particular emphasis will be on how nurses work with other disciplines and key community stakeholders in partnership to promote healthy communities. Further, the changing role of health care and how the nurse might evolve to function optimally in a changing environment will also be addressed.

The aim of this unit is to assist students to function optimally as a graduate nurse in meeting diverse health and well-being needs of individuals and communities across a range of local and global settings.