Evaluation of Public Health Competencies in Undergraduate Nursing EducationAmerican Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo (2016)
Background: Baccalaureate nursing education is designed to prepare registered nurses for entry level positions in a variety of areas including public health nursing. This study's aim was to assess the utility of the Competency Assessment for Tier 1 Public Health Professional instrument (Public Health Foundation, 2014) to measure pre-course and post-course perceptions of public health competence among undergraduate baccalaureate nursing students. Methods: The Competency Assessment for Tier 1 Public Health Professionals instrument is designed to measure perceived competency in the eight domains of the core competencies of public health practice. Non-parametric tests were completed to determine if there are any statistical differences between pre-post course perceptions of public health competency for the eight domains of the assessment instrument, and if there are there were differences between undergraduate cohorts in pre-post course perceived public health competencies. Results: Analysis of pre-course competencies found significant differences between student cohorts (i.e., RN-BS and pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing) in scores for Public Health Sciences Skills. Results for pre-post course assessments found significant differences in perceived competencies for all eight Public Health Competency domains. Conclusion: The Competency Assessment for Tier 1 Public Health Professionals instrument provides a way to measure perceived competency in the eight domains of public health. Results from the pre-course assessment could be used to adapt the course content to meet needs identified by the assessment, and post-course competency assessment could be used to assess the effectiveness of undergraduate education to prepare students for entry level positions in public health.
- public health curricula & competencies,
- nursing education
Publication DateOctober 31, 2016
Citation InformationMark Siemon. "Evaluation of Public Health Competencies in Undergraduate Nursing Education" American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo (2016)
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