The Importance Of Public Health Nursing Assessment

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Upon completing the Public Health Nursing Assessment Tool (PHNAT) on the town of Poultney, Vermont the issue that stuck out as a risk to the residents was the lack of safety measures. This risk became apparent in the social determinants section of the PHNAT under the law enforcement section. This paper will go through the nursing process systematically in order to show this is a risk to the town, diagnose the risk, plan the intervention, implement the intervention and lastly, evaluate how the program could work in a town such as Poultney.
Assessment
While assessing the town of Poultney, Vermont it became apparent that it lacked a strong law enforcement system. Through conversation with the town manager Jonas Rosenthal (personal communication,
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The plan would be to seek funding from residents while also seeking a grant from the town of Poultney with the intentions of decreasing crime. In a study by Linden and Chaturvedi (2005) it found that in order to be effective, crime prevention programs must “involve a broad group of people and organizations” (p. 251) while also making sure to “consider a diverse range of prevention strategies” (Linden & Chaturvedi, 2005, p. 251). The plan will also include creating educational materials to give the residents to aid in the implementation process. These materials would include the effectiveness of neighborhood watch programs and the available resources in this particular town in order to seek interest. Along with the educational materials, a meeting with interested members in the town would be conducted in order to plan the implementation process of the watch …show more content…
The survey on the watch programs would include the residents’ satisfaction of it and any changes they believe would benefit it. However, since I am unable to complete an evaluation specifically for the implementation in Poultney, I will relate what I chose to implement to other studies done in order to see if there was a successful outcome. Bennett et al. (2008) research study showed that creating watch programs in twenty six towns resulted in a reduction in crime between sixteen and twenty-six percent. This marked reduction of crime shows that the implementation in Poultney would most likely have positive results. In order to spread the awareness of the programs the signs were posted in the designated areas. Bennett et al. (2008) confirmed this would benefit by stating “watching and reporting might deter offenders if they are aware of the propensity of the local residents to report suspicious behavior and if they perceive this as increasing the risks of being caught” (p. 2). Based on this research the signs would also be beneficial in reducing crime. Although the actual evaluation of this specific implementation would be more specified, these general results from studies lead to evaluating the implementation as

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