Nontraditional Academic-Community Partnership: A Survey of Student Knowledge and Competencies

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This pilot study examined student perceptions of the acquisition of core knowledge and basic community/public health generalist competencies gained through an innovative, nontraditional clinical partnership with an organization serving a vulnerable population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Workplace Health Model was the conceptual framework. A survey, based on the Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education for Entry Level Community/Public Health Nursing Practice, was completed by 25 BSN nursing students. Students rated the experience as influential/extremely influential in the areas of human diversity, health promotion/risk reduction, and communication. Findings suggest that students can achieve community/public health competencies in nontraditional community settings.

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