Essay on Nur 405 Windshield Survey

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Windshield Survey with Reflection
Sarah Kinnard
NUR/405 Healthy Communities: Theory and Practice
November 7, 2011
Beth Edwards, MSN, FNP- BC Windshield Survey
The first step required for providing community health nursing services involves a comprehensive assessment of the community. This can be accomplished by a windshield survey, conducted by making visual observations from a car while driving through the neighborhood. Valuable information and data collection during a windshield survey can be used to identify the health-related needs of the community and evaluate the need for additional community health services. Delaware is divided into three counties; Kent is centrally located between New Castle and Sussex County. Kent
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3. Ineffective community therapeutic regimen management related to a limited number of primary physicians to monitor and screen for overweight and obese adults as evidenced by the percentage of adults with a BMI greater than 30.
Interventions for the first two diagnoses are as follows:
1. Provide nutrition education, discussing healthier food options and alternative to fast-fast. Increase awareness of local market at Fifer Farms offering fresh fruits and vegetables.
2. Partner with local markets to increase the availability of healthier food choices and greater variety and quantity of fresh produce.
Interventions for third diagnosis include:
1. Partner with Bayhealth Medical Center to increase awareness of obesity within Kent County and the health risk associated with obesity
2. Establish health screenings that include nutritional information and BMI measurements throughout the community at least once a month.

Cultural Diversity
When addressing community health issues, we cannot ignore the impact cultural diversity plays. Communities within America are becoming increasingly culturally diverse, Kent County is no exception. Public health nurses are responsible for assessing and recognizing health risks for cultures within the community. The Office of Minority Health is committed to persistently assessing the impact of policies and programs on racial and ethnic health. The Office of Minority Health was created

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