Discussion Forum Guidelines and Example
General Guidelines for Discussion Questions:
Responses to discussion questions should adhere to the following criteria:
Responses should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question, typically, 250 – 300 words in length.
Students are expected to support responses with appropriate evidence. Students may incorporate anecdotal evidence as well as research. In those cases where research is used, students should include parenthetical citations and references.
using APA formatting guidelines,
Example Discussion Question:
Discuss evidence-based tools you could implement to evaluate your future practice. Why is evaluating your practice important?
Example Learner Response:
Changes in current practices and skills should be evaluated frequently with the use of evaluation tools. One tool that can assist in evaluating those advancing from a novice level is the Fresno test (McCluskey & Bishop, 2009). It is a comprehensive test that has been verified as a reliable and valid assessment tool (Dragan, 2009). The tool has a wide range of application because it is also effective with lower levels of proficiency. Different tools may be more applicable at different times and at different levels of proficiency with evidence-based practice. Evaluation of competency in practice incorporates evaluation of the main elements of practice—the knowledge level; competency in practice; performance and tasks relating to directing medical care; and evaluation of actions, their effectiveness, and their situational appropriateness (Dragan, 2009). Tools that help evaluate evidence-based practice can help discover how adept the provider is with different aspects of practice. Without evaluation of practice, problems that could possibly have been brought to light may remain undiscovered and act as impediments to improvement in practice. The practitioner’s problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, as well as the ability to demonstrate sound clinical reasoning in practice, are other aspects that benefit from evaluation of progress (Dragan, 2009). Communication and ability to work as a team can also be evaluated. Tools can guide evaluation in a more structured way and promote self-evaluation regarding the effectiveness of practitioners’ thinking processes.
Differentiate public health nursing as a distinct discipline in nursing.
Explain the evolution and impact of public health nursing on public health in the United States.
Discuss the role of the three core functions and ten essential public health services in shaping the field and purpose of public health nursing.
Identify a historical public health nurse who made significant contribution to the field of public health. Describe the event and the nurse’s intervention in response to the event. Discuss the outcome of the nurse’s intervention. How has this influenced the foundations of public health nursing today?
The Origins of Public Health Nursing: The Henry Street Visiting Nurse Service
Read “The Origins of Public Health Nursing: The Henry Street Visiting Nurse Service,” by Fee and Bu, from NCBI (2010).
Public Health Nursing: Practicing Population-Based Care
Read Chapters 1 and 2 in Public Health Nursing: Practicing Population-Based Care.
Public Health Nursing: A Rich History
Read “Public Health Nursing: A Rich History,” by Hogan, from Florida Nurse (2015).
Public Health Nursing in the United States: A History
Read “Public Health Nursing in the United States: A History,” by Lewenson, located on the Nurse Key website (2016).