Encouraging Student Involvement in Personal & Community Health

Instructor: Alyssa Campbell

Alyssa is an active RN and teaches Nursing and Leadership university courses. She also has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and a Master's in Business Administration.

Students can be encouraged to demonstrate newly learned skills and concepts to make positive impacts in their environment. Read this lesson to learn how students can apply themselves to influence family, community, and their own person health.

Student Involvement and Role Modeling for Health

Students have the ability to inspire others to care about their health and wellbeing while learning how to care for themselves and others. As an instructor, Professor Goodrite holds the opportunity to expose his students to experiences that promote personal well-being as well as community health.

Professor Goodrite plans educational events and projects for his students to teach them valuable lessons not just on personal health, but also on how to motivate fellow community members to take a bigger stake in their own health. For example, students can become overwhelmed when immersing themselves in studies and a new way of living, especially in college. Knowing this, Professor Goodrite plans a delicate balance of achieving health-related learning objectives in school while also promoting a sense of community health outside the classroom.

Student Impact on Health

Professor Goodrite considers current community needs when setting up content for the college-level nursing course that he teaches. Because the curriculum, or course content, is mostly planned by the university and nursing program standards, Goodrite considers his students as community resources. His idea is that the students can take what they learn in his classes and apply their learning to promote health among fellow college students, family members, and community members by transforming lessons into real world experiences.

This semester Professor Goodrite teaches two different classes in the nursing program: Physical Assessment and Community Health.

Physical Assessment

The Professor enjoys this class because he teaches his students how to obtain vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, respirations, and temperature) and to conduct a physical assessment. The physical assessment includes:

  • Auscultation: The act of listening for abnormal sounds in the lungs or heart with a stethoscope.
  • Palpation: Using your hands or a medical instrument to identify pain or foreign bodies.
  • Observation: Visually watching or listening to behaviors, speech, cognition, and physical abilities.
  • Inspection: Identifying abnormalities through an in-depth examination of the skin and other tissues that may be difficult to find otherwise.

Even though this class is focused on physical assessment, the students always learn ways to interview patients and ask difficult questions to learn about their medical history and what to expect from their nursing assessment. Professor Goodrite loves this class because it is where he first sees that his students are able to think critically and use their developing judgement skills to probe deeper into issues, gather more information, and determine normal findings from abnormal findings.

Community Health

Each year, Professor Goodrite looks forward to applying skills developed in the Physical Assessment course to theories and practices in the Community Health course. Because opportunities change from year to year, the Professor considers various avenues for the students to showcase their skills, and designs course projects accordingly.

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