McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2015). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (3rd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
October 9, 2018
Perform a search in the Herzing Library journal databases for three current (2005 or later) peer reviewed journals articles discussing the results of a needs assessment in program development for staff or basic nursing education programs.
October 9, 2018

  • What are the demographics of your community in terms of the at-risk population?
  • What resources are already in place for this population?
  • What is the best method to approach the intervention with this population?
  • Instructions:


    • Read the scenario below.
    • Reflect on your community and review the literature to obtain recent demographic information regarding population, age, gender, socio-economic status, education, ethnic distribution, types of diseases, and morbidity and mortality rates.
    • Once you have gathered this data you should be able to determine what the greatest health care needs are in your community and select an at-risk population that could benefit from a health education program.
    The Patient Outreach department where you work has asked you to create an education plan for an at-risk population that is underserved in your community. As an active member of your community you are aware of several health disparities among the population; some members have difficulty accessing care, others have little knowledge of their chronic disease process, and often cultural issues influence medical care. Patient Outreach would like you to select a group and create a lesson plan that will help educate them and help them better understand how to manage or prevent illness or disease. Consider characteristics of culture, ethnicity, and social background that might affect the target group. The population you choose could be a subset such as the elderly, an ethnic minority, a lower socio-economic group, or one that you have identified from your own observations. Some examples might be producing a lesson plan on how to manage diabetes or how to decrease the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.


    Create a lesson plan for your selected population. Be sure you identify the population your lesson is meant for. As you develop your lesson plan, keep in mind the comprehension level of your target audience and the information you want them to take away. Include the following:
    • Explain why a specific population in your community qualifies as at-risk.
    • Recommend evidence-based strategies to improve health outcomes for this at-risk group.
    • Describe health care resources that serve this vulnerable population.
    • Explain appropriate nursing interventions that will provide quality care to this vulnerable population.
    • Create strategies to support plan implementation, addressing characteristics of culture, ethnicity, and social background that could affect the plan.


    • Write between 1000 and 1250 words (4–5 pages).
    • Include a title page and reference page.
    • Provide adequate documentation of ideas and appropriate APA citations of relevant literature.
    • Use a minimum of 4 references. (These must be recent, from within the past five years.)
    • Double space, and use Times New Roman font, 12 point.
    Develop a 3–4-page educational plan to help improve the health and welfare needs of a vulnerable population in your community. In your plan, include the demographics of your community and the health care needs of the selected vulnerable population. By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
    • Competency 1: Evaluate scholarly nursing literature that supports evidence-based nursing practice
      • Explain appropriate evidence-based nursing interventions that will provide quality care to vulnerable populations.
    • Competency 2: Explain ways to promote safe, quality, evidence-based care to populations and communities in health care environments.
      • Describe health care resources that serve vulnerable populations.
      • Explain why a specific population in a community qualifies as at-risk.
      • Create an evidence-based plan to promote health and wellness in an at-risk population.
    • Competency 4: Communicate in a manner that is consistent with expectations of nursing professionals.
      • Write content clearly and logically, with correct use of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
      • Correctly format citations and references using APA style
      Internet Resources
      Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have been either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.
      • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service (IHS). (n.d.). Community health. Retrieved from
      • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH). (n.d.). Science-based health and wellness resources for your community. Retrieved from…
      • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Division of Community Health (DCH): Making healthy living easier. Retrieved from
      I live in Miami, FL if that will help with writing the paper.


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