Incorporating a Built Environment Module into an Accelerated Second-Degree Community Health Nursing Course

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  • Judith C. Hays,

    1. R.N., Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Chair, Accelerated BSN Program, Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina
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  • Jeffrey A. Davis,

    1. B.S., is Associate in Research, Children's Environmental Health Initiative, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
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  • Marie Lynn Miranda

    1. Ph.D., is Associate Research Professor, Environmental Sciences and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
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Judith C. Hays, Associate Professor and Chair, Accelerated BSN Program, Duke University School of Nursing, Box 3322 DUMC, Durham, NC 27710. E-mail: judith.hays@duke.edu

Abstract

ABSTRACT Environmental quality is a leading indicator of population health. Environmental health content has been integrated into the curriculum of an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for second-degree students through development of an environmental health nursing module for the final-semester community health nursing course. The module was developed through collaboration between two professional schools at Duke University (the School of Nursing and the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences). It focused on the role of the built environment in community health and featured a mix of teaching strategies, including five components: (1) classroom lecture with associated readings, (2) two rounds of online small-group student discussions, (3) assessment of the built environment in local neighborhoods by student teams, (4) team presentation of the neighborhood assessments, and (5) individual student papers synthesizing the conclusions from all team presentations. The goal of the module was to provide nursing students with an organizing framework for integrating environmental health into clinical practice and an innovative tool for understanding community-level components of public health.

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