Community health focuses on the community or a specific population as the client rather than one individual. Clinicals consist of school nurse shadowing, retirement home visits, local health fairs, community teaching exhibits (poison control, etc.).
There is a very large community project that we work on through the entire semester, ending with one big presentation at the end. We have to diagnosis a community problem and come up with a solution. Basically we’re using ADPIE on our assigned community/population.
This class has been filled with drama so far. Group projects gone south, tests that cover items not lectured on (heck, there was a test question from a chapter that wasn’t even assigned!) and overall frustration/boredom with the material. The course manager is this sweet, sweet old lady who drives you insane. You have this grand plan to give her a good talking to when you see her next and then she walks in:
How are you supposed to yell at that? Although I will say, some students have found a way. First hand witness to that fiasco and all I could do was pray that sweet old lady wouldn’t grade the group on one member’s behavior!
I appreciate the importance of community health. It includes prevention and education efforts, with the ultimate goal of keeping people out of the hospital/away from disease. But I’m having a hard time melding this class to my personality. I don’t think I’m compassionate enough for the masses.
I have a hard time feeling motivated to “save the people” when most of them get themselves into their own mess. Homeless people with iPhones? Really? 25-year-old jobless mothers with 6 children by 3 different men? Really? Cancer patients who continue to smoke? Really? I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this train of thought…