Case Study for Discussion
This case study provides you with an opportunity to immerse yourself in the role of a community health nurse and examine primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention strategies related to two population health problems. As you work through the case, reflect on what you have learned from this course about community health nursing and apply it to this scenario.
Your role: You continue to work as a community health nurse in your local health department. At a department meeting several months ago, new epidemiological data was presented that showed a disturbing increase in violence in your area along with an increase in alcohol abuse rates. A community wide coalition was convened to assess these problems and you volunteered to be a member of this task force. The task force has met several times and analyzed assessment data and is beginning to consider intervention options.
Task force members:
Christina is a social worker with the health
Tracey is a case worker from Child Protection Services.
Paul is a pastor at a local church.
Susan is the school nurse with the elementary and middle schools.
Eric is the director of a local emergency department.
Review your online lesson, assigned readings, and visit The Community Guide website (http://www.thecommunityguide.org/) to explore interventions related to violence or excess alcohol consumption. Choose one evidence-based intervention (one that is recommended) and present this intervention to the task force.
You will continue in your role as a nurse with your local health department. Examine your online lesson, assigned readings, and visit The Community Guide website: http://www.thecommunityguide.org/ to explore interventions related to violence or excess alcohol use. Choose one evidence-based intervention that is recommended, and present this intervention to the task force.
- Summarize this intervention and and discuss the community health nurse’s role in implementing this strategy.
- Describe whether it is considered a primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention strategy and include your rationale (see Nies & McEwen, 2015, Chapter 1, p. 7 for a review of levels of prevention).
Community Preventive Services Task Force. (2014). The Community Guide. Retrieved from http://www.thecommunityguide.org/
Nies, M. A., & McEwen, M. (2015). Community/Public health nursing: Promoting the health of populations (6th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Saunders/Elsevier.
Preparing for disasters or communicable disease outbreaks is an important part of public health nursing. Visit the website http://www.ready.gov and http://www.ready.gov/pandemic. Review the steps for being prepared for a disaster or pandemic.
- As a community health nurse, what elements do you think are important to stress to the community?
- How well is your community prepared for a potential outbreak or disaster?
Federal Emergency Management Agency. (2014). Ready: Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. Retrieved from http://www.ready.gov/
Federal Emergency Management Agency. (2014).
Pandemic. Retrieved from