Assignment 1: Concept Map: Community Health Promotion – Application to Your Practice | Value 30%
NOTE: This assignment is submitted in 2 parts. Assignment 1A – a draft concept map is the first submission of the course and is graded as pass/fail. Assignment 1B is the last submission of the course, which includes an improved concept map and a scholarly paper).
Due Date: Negotiable. However, it is recommended that you complete Section I: Units 1-4 and Section II: Unit 5 prior to your first submission and both Sections I and II: Units 1-7 including all other assignments prior to your final submission.
This assignment will provide the student with the opportunity to create a concept map of a community health promotion. You may find it helpful to email your instructor early to share the community as client focus you have chosen with a brief description of why.
When choosing a topic, consider the health needs of your community. If you live in an urban centre, are there particular communities that face challenges maintaining their health and meeting their potential? If you work in a health facility, is there one population that has higher rates of admission? If you live in a rural setting, are there certain groups that have unmet needs, or who are at risk for poor health? Thinking about the community around you may help when you try to focus on one group that you would like to research and write about throughout the course.
Between assignment 1 A and 1 B, students will demonstrate growth in learning. Assignment 1A outlines your initial understanding of the target community and demonstrates you have considered relevant factors and the determinants of health impacting your community. At the end of the course, concept map and scholarly paper (assignment 1B) will build on earlier course work. The concept map in the final course submission (1B), will have increased depth and detail. The scholarly paper will introduce the target community and analyse 4 chosen community health concepts and demonstrate how concepts relate to the community\’s overall health.
Concept maps are visual tools used to support learners in demonstrating relationships, connections and processes between concepts and ideas about a central subject (Harrison & Gibbons, 2013). As a learner, you will have the opportunity to draw from existing knowledge, identify knowledge gaps and make learning meaningful to you through concept mapping (Fitzgerald, n.d.). Often in nursing concept maps, the central node is the client, and the arcs link to outlying nodes about the client. In this assignment the central node must be the community as the client. First, you will develop a comprehensive community health promotion concept map and then select 4 community health concepts that stand out in relation to your community client for in depth discussion in a scholarly paper.
Community health nursing is not limited to any one place or unit instead it can be found practiced anywhere and with anyone if the practitioner so chooses. The following resources are not meant as an exhaustive list but instead provide some opportunity to explore trends and issues that you may find to be both intriguing and relevant to your current nursing practice. Consider these topics as examples of how a nurse might identify a community of interest. Careful choice of your group is important as all course assignments relate to your chosen community.
Alzheimers Society of Canada. (2020).
Fentanyl Crisis. (2017).
Food Secure Canada. (n.d.). Food insecurity in Canada.
Public Health Agency of Canada. (2020).
Reconciliation Canada. (n.d.).
Concept maps are common in nursing practice; the following concept map is an example of an individual client in acute care, note how the client is central with the arcs identifying relationships to a variety of nodes specific to this client\’s health
Community Health Concept Map Sample
You can also find a variety of concept maps by searching the internet. You may choose to use any form. Remember that whatever you choose, it must be electronically developed and contain clearly developed nodes and arcs. Consider that you will want to add to your map as you are introduced to the many aspects of community health promotion.
If you are not familiar with developing a concept map, you may find the following resources helpful:
Athabasca University Tool Cupboard, Concept Mapping.
Novak, J.D. (2008). Concept maps: What the heck is this?
Or you may want to search your own resources by entering into your browser search terms such as, concept mapping public health, concept mapping community nursing, concept mapping nursing education. If you are a visual learner be certain to select Videos
If you are interested in reading further the full references are:
Fitzgerald, P. (n.d.). Concept mapping: A GPS for patient care in various health care environments. https://docplayer.net/19247164-Concept-mapping-a-gps-for-patient-care-in-various-health-care-environments-patrizia-fitzgerald-msn-rn.html
Garwood, J. K., Ahmed, A. H., & McComb, S. A. (2018). The effect of concept maps on undergraduate nursing students\’ critical thinking. Nursing Education Perspectives (Wolters Kluwer Health), 39(4), 208-214. https://0-doi-org.aupac.lib.athabascau.ca/10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000307
Harrison, S., & Gibbons, C. (2013). Nursing Student Perceptions of Concept Maps: From Theory to Practice. Nursing Education Perspectives (National League For Nursing), 34(6), 395-399. doi:10.5480/10-465
Concept Map (15/30)
1A initial draft submission graded as pass/fail, 1B final submission is graded out of 15 marks.
The community is the central node.
Multiple nodes of community health concepts are included.
Distinct, concise, descriptive terms of linking relationships/arcs are evident.
Progression from the first submission to the second submission demonstrates a greater depth of understanding of community health promotion.
Contained in a single page.
Scholarly Paper (15/30)
Setting and chosen community are clearly articulated.
A minimum of 4 community health concepts/nodes are selected for in depth discussion (examples concepts could include but are not limited to: harm reductions, health promotion, community resilience, health literacy or primary health care). This discussion should include, but is not limited to answering the question of how is each concept demonstrated/applied/analyzed in relation to the issue or trend that you have chosen in your community?
Role of the nurse and evidenced based nursing practice are clearly articulated in relation to each of the 4 community health concepts
Ability to analyze, evaluate, create, and engage in critical inquiry is evident throughout.
Adheres to APA current addition scholarly format – limit of 6 pages (excluding title and reference pages).
Assignment 1a: First Submission, Concept Map only via the Assignment 1a Dropbox. Your tutor will provide formative feedback (a pass/fail mark will be given with this submission)
Assignment 1b: Second Submission, Concept Map & Scholarly paper via the Assignment 1b Dropbox.
Note: If you chose to complete the optional project Finding a Study Buddy be sure to submit your work at the same time you submit your second submission to the Assignment 1b Dropbox.