Assignment: Windshield Survey/Community Assessment
Conduct a “Windshield Survey” in a section of your community. Instructions for the survey can be found in Stanhope and Lancaster (2020) on page 383, Table 17.5. As you notice, conducting a Windshield Survey requires that you either walk around or drive around a particular section of the community and take notes about what you observe. A Windshield Survey cannot be conducted by reviewing websites or Google Earth only. It requires actually taking a look at the selected area of the community. This survey should be focused on the problem and population you have selected for your practicum project. If you choose, for example, obesity among Hispanic schoolchildren, you might want to locate a section of the community where many Hispanic children live, or you might want to conduct the Windshield Survey around where Hispanic children attend school. If Hispanic children are not found in a specific section of your community (e.g., Chinatown in San Francisco or Harlem in New York), then you may select the section of the community where you live or work but pay particular attention to your practicum population and practicum problem as you conduct a survey of the community as viewed through the eyes of the public health nurse.
By Day 7 of Week 3
Submit a 3- to 4-page paper including:
- Introduction to the community, including the name of the community and any interesting or historical facts you would like to add about where you live
- Photographs of the selected area of the community that serve as evidence of your observations and hypotheses
- Windshield Survey findings, including a description of the section of your community that you chose to survey
- Description of the Vulnerable Population and Available Resources
- Demographics of the vulnerable population
- What social determinants create their vulnerable status?
- What community strengths exist to assist this population?
- Conclusions based on Nursing Assessment of the Community
- Based on what you have found, what conclusions can you draw about your community and your selected population for your practicum?
- Select at least 5 scholarly resources to support your assessment. Websites may be included but the paper must include scholarly resources in its development.
Stanhope, M., & Lancaster, J. (2020). Public health nursing: Population-centered health care in the community (10th ed.). Elsevier.
- Chapter 6, “Environmental Health” (pp. 121-148)
- Chapter 13, “Epidemiology” (pp. 269-298)
- Chapter 14, “Infectious Disease Prevention and Control” (pp. 299-332)
- Chapter 15, “Communicable and Infectious Disease Risks” (pp. 333-355)
- Chapter 17, “Community as Client: Assessment and Analysis” (pp. 370-394)
Zuñiga, J. A., Muñoz, S. E., Johnson, M. Z., & Garcia, A. (2014). Tuberculosis Treatment for Mexican Americans Living on the U.S.-Mexico Border. Journal Of Nursing Scholarship, 46(4), 253-262. http://doi.org/10.1111/jnu.12071
CDC Wonder. (2020). Retrieved from http://wonder.cdc.gov/
McKenna, M. (2015). What do we do when antibiotics don’t work anymore? [Video]. TED conferences. https://www.ted.com/talks/maryn_mckenna_what_do_we_do_when_antibiotics_don_t_work_any_more
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 17 minutes.
Maryn McKenna is a journalist who specializes in public health, global health, and food policy. She describes how bacteria and viruses are mutating in response to new antibiotics at an alarming rate.
TEDx Talks. (2014, October 20). Will the poor always be with us? [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHQes6P5XnQ
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 10 minutes.
Jim Yong Kim talks about his vision of transformation for development, drawing on his personal experience as an activist and AIDs researcher. He shares why ending poverty is possible in our lifetimes and concludes that the poor will not always be with us.
[ANSWERED] Create your own script for building a health history and use the Health History Template for guidance (consider the type of language you would use to help your patient be more comfortable).