The Use of Partners in Undergraduate Public Health Nursing


Address correspondence to: Linda H. Edwards, R. N., Dr.P. H., University of Illinois at Chicago, 845 S. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612. Telephone (312) 996–5678.


This study assessed undergraduate student perceptions regarding homevisitingwithpartnersdutingthepublkh ealthnursing clinical experience. Approximately 130 public health nursing students completed a self-administered questionnaire at the end of their clinical experience. Students identified positive aspects of visiting with partners as support, safety, and collaboration. On ranked items, they identified support as the most important benefit from visiting in pairs. Feedback, safety, and ventilation were next in importance, while expertise of the partner and economic considerations wererankedasleastimportant Visitingwith oneconsistent partner was first choice in making visits, fonOWed by visits with rotating partners, and finally, visits with staff nurses or alone. These findings suggest that making home visits with a parlner can be a beneficial experience, increasing the support perceived by undergraduate students and enhancing learning through feedback and collaboration.