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Using Theoretical Foundations for a Community Health Nursing or a Population Health Course

Using Theoretical Models to Build Analytical Skills

Caroline Ellermann, Northern Arizona University, USA

This lesson applies well supported theoretical models to inform the analysis of a community health study and to design a modest intervention that could be carried out by a student intern during a clinical rotation. It is written for senior nursing students, but its applicability for students in other branches of the health sciences is obvious. This lesson is a fine example of the value theoretical models to inform practice. We like the idea of bringing the models to the students, as this type of exercise too often frustrates baccalaureate level students unnecessarily when they are asked to find relevant theoretical models for themselves. Students and clinicians alike will be more likely to seek out relevant models after experiencing this exercise, bridging another theory-practice gap.

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