NUR 541 Individual Graded Assignment: Community Needs Assessment
This assignment focuses on the identification of a health-related problem, issue, or health risk of a selected aggregate and the establishment of collaborative partnerships with the diverse community and interprofessional teams to address the needs and influence change for the selected population.
Follow these instructions for writing your Community Needs Assessment. This assignment should be no more than 12 pages, (excluding title page, abstract, and reference list). Throughout the paper, provide supporting evidence from at least ten (10) current references, including at least three (3) non-nursing resources (graded in Integration of Evidence and Theory section of rubric).
This assignment accounts for 30% of your course grade. Additionally, use the Scoring Rubric for this assignment as a guide for writing your paper.
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Note: *Scholarly works (including scholarly articles, white papers, and scholarly websites) integrated within the Masters Competencies paper should come from the most current nursing or related literature (published no more than 5 years ago); however, older works may be included if it is a seminal source or where there is a gap in the literature. Be sure to include a minimum of ten (10) scholarly works in your paper. At least three (3) references should come from a discipline outside nursing.
As part of your learning experience, you are provided access to a plagiarism prevention service called Turnitin. Using Turnitin serves as a learning experience and opportunity to correct any areas in your papers involving plagiarism or improper citation. You are required to submit your paper to Turnitin prior to submitting it in course submission area for grading.
Title Page: Follow APA 6 Guidelines (Graded through organization, writing style, grammar, usage, mechanics, and formatting)
Abstract: Include a brief synopsis of your paper following APA 6 Guidelines (graded in Organization, Writing Style, Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, and Formatting)
1. Introduction and Description of aggregate (20 points)
The introduction (not labeled as such in APA format) provides the foundation for the paper.
Include a thesis statement that justifies the main points in the paper
Include the following in your introduction:
Describe an aggregate or vulnerable population within a community that is at risk for health problems.
Describe this aggregate in terms of at least three (3) commonalities.
Discuss the diversity that exists within this aggregate.
Example topic: “Need for respite care (health-related problem, issue, risk) for Hispanic families of children who are medically-dependent and fragile (aggregate or vulnerable population) in the greater Capital District region of New York State (geographic community).”
2. Community Description (20 points)
The community description creates a vision of the community in which your vulnerable population exists.
Describe the geographic community within which the aggregate or vulnerable population resides.
Describe the dimensions of people, place, and function that serve as a framework.
Discuss the partnerships within the community by including the sources of data or information, such as key informants, and governmental agencies.
3. Problem Description and Rationale (20 points)
The Problem Description focuses on providing a clear and full picture of the health-related problem, issue, or health risk for the selected aggregate.
Describe one health-related problem, issue, or health risk of the selected aggregate.
Describe the significant factors contributing to the health-related problem, issue, or risk.
Provide a rationale for selection of this health-related problem, issue, or health risk based on its relationship to a specific Healthy People 2020 objective.
4. Analysis, Implications, and Influence (20 points)
The Analysis, Implications, and Influence section focuses on the role of the masters prepared nurse in addressing change regarding the health-related problem, issue, or health risk for the selected aggregate.
Analyze how the selected health-related problem, issue, or health risk is amenable to an intervention, project, or program and explain how it relates to the scope of masters prepared community health nursing practice.
Discuss the implications of the health-related problem, issue, or health risk for policy change and social implications at the systems level.
Explain how a master’s prepared nurse would establish collaborative partnerships with the diverse community and interprofessional teams to address the needs and influence change for your selected population.
Conclusion (less than a page). Present a brief and succinct description of the key elements of the paper. (Graded through organization, writing style, grammar, usage, mechanics, and formatting)
5. Integration of Evidence and Theory (10 points)
Integrate the evidence that you used to support your work.
Integrate credible, relevant sources to support ideas appropriate for the assignment.
Consistently use information in ways that are true to original context. Always distinguish between own ideas or common knowledge and ideas requiring attribution.
Scholarly articles integrated within the paper meet the following standards:
Provide the required number of references (minimum of 10)
Most nursing-specific or nursing-related
Provide the required number of references from a discipline outside nursing (minimum of 3).
Published within 5 years OR published beyond 5 years if seminal source or gap in the literature
6. Organization, Writing Style, Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, and Formatting (10 points)
The presentation and style of the paper are consistent with scholarly work and reflect the use of APA format (6th ed.) Page Limit: 12 pages
Use clear structure as outlined in the assignment with all components present, including brief and succinct abstract, introduction, and conclusion.
Use straightforward, clear, concise, nearly error-free language that conveys meaning to readers.
Conform to APA formatting standards, with only minor deviations.
Content length conforms to directions, excluding title, abstract, and reference pages.