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Week 4 Paper

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Milestone 2: Caring for Populations Vulnerable Population Assessment Guidelines

Updated 4/27/2017

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify and assess an aggregate or vulnerable population in your community. You will also describe one community health problem that impacts this group. This problem must be one that a community health nurse could positively impact.

Course Outcomes

This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes:

CO2: Assess the health needs of individuals, families, aggregates, and communities using demographic and epidemiological data to identify population health risks. (PO 4)

CO6: Utilize a systems-based and collaborative approach to address factors that influence the health of a community and population health problems. (PO 2)

Due Date

Submit the paper by 11:59 p.m. MT Sunday by the end of Week 4.

Points: 225 points

Directions

Watch the Milestone 2 tutorial at http://www.brainshark.com/devry/Milestone2_2016 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

This APA paper is expected to be no more than four pages in length (not including the title page and reference list). Below are the requirements for successful completion of this paper. Please use the categories described below as the first level headings on your paper (note: the introduction does not carry a heading of “introduction,” instead the title of the paper is repeated and centered at the top of the second page in plain text). APA formatting helps you to format your paper in a professional manner and provides consistent methods for citing your sources within the paper and providing the complete reference on the reference page. See the APA resources for assistance with APA formatting. There is an APA template that you can use to type on and this will help with APA formatting. The SSP Chamberlain Care Student Success Strategies resource has a module on writing scholarly papers and APA formatting (to find this resource watch: http://www.brainshark.com/devry/Student_Success_Strategies/zHszgnQAKzBXqbz0 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., transcript (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.)

Based on your community assessment, including your windshield survey and the assessment information from your discussions, identify one aggregate or vulnerable population in your community that faces a community health problem. See units five (5) and six (6) in Nies and McEwen (2015) for examples of vulnerable populations and aggregates. Your community must be the area where you live or work.

  1. Introduction (one paragraph): The introduction should be interesting and capture the reader’s attention.
    • Provide a brief description of your community including the city name and state and key features.
    • Briefly introduce one aggregate or vulnerable population that you identified in your assessment.
    • Discuss the purpose of your paper. The purpose statement of the paper should relate to assessing this vulnerable population in your community.
    • Note: the introduction does not carry a heading of “introduction,” instead; the title of the paper is repeated and centered at the top of the second page in plain text.
  2. Vulnerable Population Overview (one to two paragraphs):
    • Describe one aggregate or vulnerable group in your community in greater detail.
    • Include your observations about this group from the windshield survey.
    • Discuss events or trends that have affected this vulnerable group such as economic conditions, trends in health related behaviors or disease rates, etc.
  3. Strengths, Risk Factors, and/or Barriers (two to three paragraphs): 
    • Discuss the strengths, risk factors, and/or barriers that impact this vulnerable population’s health.
    • Include support from at least one scholarly peer-reviewed journal article in this discussion. Go to the Chamberlain library at http:/library.chamberlain.edu (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Search peer reviewed journals to find a scholarly article that discuss the strengths, risk factors, and/or barriers faced by this vulnerable group. Summarize what you learned from this article and cite the source in the text and reference page (Author, year). For this section, you must choose at least one scholarly article from a peer-reviewed journal. The article must be less than 10 years old (less than 5 years is best). You may include and cite your textbook or other scholarly sources as well, but they do not count as the scholarly journal article.
    • Please do not include more than two short quotations, at the most. You will need to summarize and analyze the information from the article in your own words.
  4. Community Resources (one to two paragraphs): 
    • Search your local public health department website, the internet, the local newspaper and/or telephone book for health resources available in your community for this vulnerable group.
    • Briefly describe the resources in your community that are available for this group.
    • Are these resources adequate? If so, why? If not, discuss gaps in services that you identified.
  5. Community Health Problem Diagnosis (one to two paragraphs):
    • Based on your assessment and the Healthy People 2020 objectives, identify and discuss onepriority community health problem that a community health nurse could positively impact. Examples include an increase in teen pregnancies, prevalence of cancer, high incidence of tobacco use, above average infant mortality etc. The problem must relate to the aggregate or vulnerable population you identified.
    • Go to the Healthy People topic areas at http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Find a topic area that relates to your aggregate or vulnerable population. Click on the topic area and then click on the green “Objectives” tab. Find and state the Healthy People 2020 specific numbered objective (not just a goal) that describes your problem (ex. for teen pregnancy, the topic area Family Planning is relevant, click the green objectives tab and you might choose FP-8.1 “Reduce pregnancies among adolescent females aged 15 to 17 years” (US Department of Health and Human Services: Healthy People 2020, 2016, Objectives: Family Planning, para 8).
  6. Summary (one paragraph):
    • Summarize important points from the body of your paper including the aggregate or vulnerable group you identified and key factors that you discussed above that affect the health of this group.
    • Include a statement about the priority problem you identified.
    • End with a concluding statement.
  7. Reference Page:
    • The Reference Page should start on a new page (insert a page break). All references should be cited within the body of the paper as (Author, year) and the full reference should be included in APA format on the reference page. A URL link alone is not an adequate reference. See the APA Guidelines in Course Resources for examples of properly formatted references.

Guidelines

  • Application: Use Microsoft Word 2010™ or later to create this assignment.
  • Scholarly Writing: APA format is required. Review the APA resources and take advantage of the free tutorial resources.
  • Use the categories above as APA headings for the sections of your paper.
  • Length: This paper is expected to be no more than 4 pages in length (not including the title page and reference list).
  • Quotations should be minimal – please paraphrase your sources. A maximum of two short quotations should be used for this paper.
  • Submission: Submit your paper by 11:59 p.m. MT Sunday of Week 4.
  • Save your paper with your last name in the document title (e.g., Smith Vulnerable Population Assessment).
  • Late Submission: See the Policies on late submissions.

Best Practices in Preparing the Paper

The following are best practices in preparing this project.

  • Use the assessment information that you collected in your windshield survey and weekly discussions to identify the aggregate or vulnerable group of interest.
  • Choose one nursing problem specific to your community that this aggregate or vulnerable group faces.
  • Find one article about this vulnerable group from the Chamberlain library from a peer reviewed journal.
  • Visit the SSP Chamberlain Care Student Success Strategies resource for help with writing a scholarly paper, APA formatting, and library navigation (http://www.brainshark.com/devry/Student_Success_Strategies/zHszgnQAKzBXqbz0 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.).
  • Make sure all elements of the paper are addressed and headings for each category are included.
  • Review directions thoroughly.
  • Cite all sources within the paper as well as on the Reference page.
  • Proofread prior to final submission.
  • Check for spelling and grammar errors prior to final submission.
  • Use the first column of the rubric below to ensure that you have included all the needed elements.

**Academic Integrity Reminder**

Chamberlain College of Nursing values honesty and integrity. All students should be aware of the Academic Integrity policy and follow it in all discussions and assignments.

By submitting this assignment, I pledge on my honor that all content contained is my own original work except as quoted and cited appropriately. I have not received any unauthorized assistance on this assignment.

Please see the grading criteria and rubrics in the Gradebook entry for this assignment.

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