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Academic Partnerships: Social Determinants of Health Addressed though Service Learning

Authors
  • Breen, Henny1
  • Robinson, Melissa1
  • 1 Linfield College School of Nursing, 2255 NW Northrup St., 97210-2932 , (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Oct 16, 2019
Volume
16
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/ijnes-2019-0062
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
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Abstract

Aim To evaluate the impact of service learning through academic partnerships Background Although there is an abundance of literature regarding service learning as a pedagogical strategy for teaching pre-licensure students, there is a gap in the literature in regarding Associate Degree nurses returning to school to earn a bachelor’s degree. Method A qualitative study which included student assignments and interviews, written feedback and focus groups with staff from community organizations was used to evaluate the Service-Learning Program. Results Five primary themes emerged from the data which included a deeper understanding of vulnerable populations, increased knowledge of challenges in access to care, improved leadership skills, improved awareness of community resources, and impact on nursing practice. Conclusion Community organizations recognized the expertise of the RN to BSN students and benefited from their work and at the same time, students recognized their expertise and leadership in ways they had not done before.

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