Core Curriculum for Master's-Level Community Health Nursing Education: A Comparison of the Views of Leaders in Service and Education

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  • Maya L. Selby Dr.P.H., R.N.,C,

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    1. Dr. Selby, formerly Deputy Chair for Research Development in the Curriculum in Public Health Nursing. School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), is Associate Professor and Director of Research, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Dr. Riportella-Muller is Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, and Research Associate, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, UNC-CH. Dr. Quade is Professor and Ms. Legault is a doctoral candidate, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, UNC-CH. Dr. Salmon is Associate Professor and Chair, Curriculum in Public Health Nursing, School of Public Health, UNC-CH.
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  • Roberta Riportella-Muller Ph.D.,

    1. Dr. Selby, formerly Deputy Chair for Research Development in the Curriculum in Public Health Nursing. School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), is Associate Professor and Director of Research, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Dr. Riportella-Muller is Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, and Research Associate, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, UNC-CH. Dr. Quade is Professor and Ms. Legault is a doctoral candidate, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, UNC-CH. Dr. Salmon is Associate Professor and Chair, Curriculum in Public Health Nursing, School of Public Health, UNC-CH.
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  • Dana Quade Ph.D.,

    1. Dr. Selby, formerly Deputy Chair for Research Development in the Curriculum in Public Health Nursing. School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), is Associate Professor and Director of Research, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Dr. Riportella-Muller is Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, and Research Associate, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, UNC-CH. Dr. Quade is Professor and Ms. Legault is a doctoral candidate, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, UNC-CH. Dr. Salmon is Associate Professor and Chair, Curriculum in Public Health Nursing, School of Public Health, UNC-CH.
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  • Claudine Legault M.Sc,

    1. Dr. Selby, formerly Deputy Chair for Research Development in the Curriculum in Public Health Nursing. School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), is Associate Professor and Director of Research, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Dr. Riportella-Muller is Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, and Research Associate, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, UNC-CH. Dr. Quade is Professor and Ms. Legault is a doctoral candidate, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, UNC-CH. Dr. Salmon is Associate Professor and Chair, Curriculum in Public Health Nursing, School of Public Health, UNC-CH.
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  • Maria E. Salmon Sc.D., F.A.A.N.

    1. Dr. Selby, formerly Deputy Chair for Research Development in the Curriculum in Public Health Nursing. School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), is Associate Professor and Director of Research, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Dr. Riportella-Muller is Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, and Research Associate, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, UNC-CH. Dr. Quade is Professor and Ms. Legault is a doctoral candidate, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, UNC-CH. Dr. Salmon is Associate Professor and Chair, Curriculum in Public Health Nursing, School of Public Health, UNC-CH.
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Abstract

This study identified core components of the curriculum for master's-level community health nurses (CHNs) and assessed whether leaders in service agreed with leaders in education on the importance of these components. Through a mailed survey, 588 leaders in CHN service and education identified the following as the most important to include in the core CHN curriculum: a practicum experience; epidemiology; community health assessment and diagnosis; administration and management, including public health administration, management theory, program planning and evaluation, financial management and budgeting, and quality assurance; research methods and biostatistics; health promotion and disease prevention; intervention at the aggregate level; and leadership theory. These leaders also indicated that skills in both administration and direct care are essential for CHN

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