Milestone 2: Assessment and Diagnosis
The purpose of this paper is to provide an opportunity to utilize community assessment strategies, uncover a community health problem, and identify the components of the problem related to the community dynamics.
This assignment enables the student to meet the following Course Outcomes.
CO 1. Evaluate the planning of delivery of care to individuals, families, aggregates, and communities in a variety of healthcare settings based on theories and principles of nursing and related disciplines. (PO 1)
CO 2. Integrate clinical judgment in professional decision-making and implementation of the nursing process through analysis of community health nursing practice. (PO 4)
CO 7. Accept accountability for personal and professional development as part of the life-long learning process. (PO 5)
Submit to the appropriate basket in the Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. MT Sunday of Week 4.
This paper is expected to be no more than four pages in length (not including the title page and reference list). Typical papers are usually three pages. Below are the requirements for successful completion of this paper.
Introduction: This should catch the reader’s attention with interesting facts and supporting sources and include the purpose statement of the paper. This should be no more than one or two paragraphs.
Community: Identify the community by name that you will be using for this paper and provide a brief, general description of the community. Your community should be the area where you live or work. This should be one or two paragraphs.
Demographic and epidemiological data: Compile a range of demographic (population description) and epidemiological (causes of health problems and death) data for your community by examining census reports, vital statistic reports, city records, morbidity and mortality reports, and other agency sources. Using these data, describe the community and the problem. Compare your community data to state or national data. This comparison will help to identify a community health problem specific to your community. A summary of these data should be no more than one page.
Windshield survey: Provide a brief summary of the findings from your first assignment. Make sure to discuss elements that link your observations to your identified problem. This should be no more than one or two paragraphs.
Problem: Using the assessment data, identify the problem that you consider to be a priority concern. Provide a rationale for your choice and relate your choice to one of the Healthy People 2020 specific numbered objectives. Healthy People objectives are located within a topic area under the Objectives page. Your rationale should also include why this is specifically a problem in your community. This should be no more than three paragraphs. Include support of your rationale with at least two scholarly sources such as professional journal articles related to your problem.
Summary: The summary paragraph of your paper should include a statement about the problem, the population at risk for this problem, and the major direct or indirect factors that contribute to this problem. This information should be no more than one or two paragraphs.
Reference page: All references cited within the paper should be included on a separate References page.
Application: Use Microsoft Word 2010™ to create this assignment.
Use the categories above as APA headings for the sections of your paper.
Length: This paper is expected to be no more than four pages in length (not including the title page and reference list). Typical papers are three pages.
Submission: Submit your file via the basket in the Dropbox: Caring for Populations: Assessment and Diagnosis by 11:59 p.m. MT Sunday of Week 4.
Technical writing: APA format is required. Review APA tutorials in Doc Sharing and use the resources of Smarthinking for writing tutors.
Do not use first person (I, me, my, our) in this paper. Make the community the subject even in your windshield survey summary.
Save your paper with your last name in the document title (e.g., “Smith Assessment and Diagnosis”).
Late submission: See the course policy on late submissions.
Best Practices in Preparing the Paper
The following are best practices in preparing this project.
Complete the demographic, epidemiologic, and windshield survey prior to choosing a problem to focus on.
Choose a nursing problem specific to your community.
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 References page.
Proofread prior to final submission.
Check for spelling and grammar errors prior to final submission.
Use the A column of the rubric below to ensure that you have included all the needed elements.
Abide by the CCN academic integrity policy.
Grading Rubric: Milestone 2: Assessment and Diagnosis (225 points)
Outstanding or highest level of performance B
Very good or high level of performance C
Competent or satisfactory level of performance F
Poor or failing or unsatisfactory level of performance Pts
10 points Catches the reader’s attention with interesting facts and supporting sources; includes the purpose of the paper
(9–10 points) No purpose provided but “hook” is present
(8 points) Purpose of paper discussed; hook to get reader interested is missing
(7 points) No purpose provided and no attention-getting hook
(0–6 points) /10
25 points Community identified and briefly described
(23–25 points) Community identified but description missing
(21–22 points) Community not identified and/or not described
(19–20 points) Community not identified and not described
(0–18 points) /25
Demographic and Epidemiological Data
50 points A range of demographic and epidemiological data for your community examined by census reports, vital statistic reports, city records, morbidity, and/or mortality rates and other agency sources, and compared to state or national data
(46–50 points) Some demographic and epidemiological data described or missing state or national comparison
( 42–45 points) Little demographic and epidemiological data and missing state or national comparisons
( 38–41 points) Lacking demographic and epidemiological data and missing state or national comparisons
(0–37points) / 50
10 points Community windshield survey findings briefly described; findings relate to identified problem
(9–10 points) Windshield survey findings described but not clearly related to identified problem
(8 points) Windshield survey lacks sufficient assessment and relation to identified problem
(7 points) Windshield survey findings not described
(0–6 points) /10
50 points Assessment data used to identify the problem; rationale provided for your choice and related to one of the Healthy People objectives; supportive data provided to validate this as a problem in your community
(46–50 points) Problem not related to Healthy People objective or lacks rationale or lacks supportive data
(42–45 points) Problem not related to Healthy People objective and lacks rationale or lacks supportive data
(38–41 points) Problem not related to Healthy People objective, lacks rationale, and lacks supportive data
(0–37 points) /50
Application of Evidence-Based Literature
30 points Two or more quality references from professional literature cited that clearly support your rationale
( 28–30 points) Two references cited, but information in reference may be biased or not directly relevant to your rationale
( 25–27 points) Only one reference cited that is directly relevant to rationale
( 23–24 points) No references cited or one reference cited that is not relevant to rationale
(0–22 points) / 30
10 points Includes a statement about the problem, the population at risk for this problem, and the major factors that contribute to the problem
(9–10 points) Summary lacks reiteration of identified problem or population at risk or contributing factors
(8 points) Summary lacks two or more of the following: reiteration of identified problem, population at risk, and contributing factors
(7 points) Summary unsatisfactory or not completed
(0–6 points) /10
20 points Discussion well organized and logically supports analysis and reasoning; structure clear and compelling to reader; easy to follow author’s reasoning; paragraphs linked together in logical ways; main ideas stand out
(19–20 points) Discussion accurate but limited; some attempt at organization apparent, but in general paper does not flow well
(17–18 points) Paper comes across as disjointed or rambling; flow of paper difficult to follow
(15–16 points) Discussion has errors in content; no discernible attempt at organization; paper is chaotic
(0–14 points) /20
20 points Title page, running head, and page numbers (3)
Grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure correct (5)
References properly cited within paper (5)
Reference page includes all citations (2)
Evidence of spelling and grammar checks (5)
(19–20 points) Minimal errors in APA title page noted
Minimal errors in grammar, punctuation, and/or sentence structure noted
Citations present but not in correct format
References present, with minimal errors in format
Minimal red or green wavy lines within document
(17–18 points) Multiple errors in APA format
Several grammar and punctuation errors noted
(15–16 points) Citations missing
References missing or incomplete
No evidence of proofreading prior to submitting paper
(0–14 points) /20
Total Points /225