Describe how you would work in partnership using a strengths-based approach with community groups to develop a mutually respectful and supportive collaboration in a high needs community to address a health issue (one of the NHPAs).

LO3 critically discuss the role of the nurse in meeting the diverse health and well-being needs
of individuals and communities across a range of local and global settings through partnerships
between stakeholders, multidisciplinary health care teams, community groups and volunteer
organisations; (GA2, GA4, GA7)
LO4 appraise the changing role of health care in communities and how the role of the nurse
might evolve to meet these future challenges whilst retaining respect for the dignity, culture,
values, beliefs and rights of people requiring assistance with health management; (GA4, GA7)
LO5 critically reflect on how nurses can participate in ethical community engagement that is
based on reciprocity, capacity building, enhancing the dignity and wellbeing of community
members, and that results in transformative learning (GA1, GA2, GA4).

Attachments:ASSIGNMENT 2: Written assignment
The written assignment enables students to articulate their knowledge of health as a societal
issue, and the role of the nurse in addressing community health issues.
Due date: Monday 1st June 2020 by 2000 hours NOTE: both groups submit by the same
date.
Weighting: 50%
Length: 2000 words +/- 10%
Purpose:
The written assignment requires students to integrate the role of the nurse with the building of
healthy communities. This will assist you to meet the demands of a shift in care delivery and
expose you to the reality that the nursing practice environment reaches beyond the health care
facility toward a broader context. Skills necessary for graduate practice include an
understanding that the role of a nurse can extend beyond the health care facility and into the
wider community.
Topic:
You are a nurse working in a disadvantaged community. Describe how you would work in
partnership using a strengths-based approach with community groups to develop a mutually
respectful and supportive collaboration in a high needs community to address a health issue
(one of the NHPAs).
Learning outcomes assessed: LO3, LO4, LO5
LO3 critically discuss the role of the nurse in meeting the diverse health and well-being needs
of individuals and communities across a range of local and global settings through partnerships
between stakeholders, multidisciplinary health care teams, community groups and volunteer
organisations; (GA2, GA4, GA7)
LO4 appraise the changing role of health care in communities and how the role of the nurse
might evolve to meet these future challenges whilst retaining respect for the dignity, culture,
values, beliefs and rights of people requiring assistance with health management; (GA4, GA7)
LO5 critically reflect on how nurses can participate in ethical community engagement that is
based on reciprocity, capacity building, enhancing the dignity and wellbeing of community
members, and that results in transformative learning (GA1, GA2, GA4).
Essay Topic:
You are a nurse working in a disadvantaged community. Describe how you would work in
partnership using a strengths-based approach with community groups to develop a mutually
respectful and supportive collaboration in a high needs community to address a health issue
(one of the NHPAs – see the list below).
Students should select one of the National Health Priority Areas listed below on which to focus
the essay discussion.
1. Cancer control
2. Cardiovascular health
3. Injury prevention and control
4. Mental health My chosen Topic
5. Diabetes mellitus
6. Asthma
7. Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions
8. Obesity
9. Dementia
My chosen disadvantaged community; indigenous women in remote Australian
Guidelines for preparing your essay
In developing your essay –
• Read widely.
• Have a clear understanding of what the topic is asking you to write about and ensure you
include discussion of each of the elements identified in the topic statement.
• Use credible, current and relevant evidence from a range of evidence sources (that is, peer
reviewed academic journals, appropriate and recent textbooks, online reports, research
evidence and discussion papers from reputable and scholarly websites; primary sources) to
support the development of your ideas, argument and discussion.
• Add depth and meaning to your discussion by referring to examples which demonstrate
the role and function of the nurse in working with community groups to address
community health issues. Your examples may focus on local, national or international
contexts.
• Write for your target audience – in this case the marker of your work, who is a registered
nurse with experience in planning and carrying out health promotion activities in a
collaborative way.
• Consideration should be given to the requirements for nursing practice in all practice
settings laid down in the NMBA RN Standards for Practice (2016), NMBA Code of
Conduct for Nurses (2018) and ICN Code of Ethics (2018) Links to these documents
can be accessed here.
• Ensure you write your assignment using essay format. This means your assignment should
have an introduction, body and conclusion. Traditionally, essays do not have headings,
subheadings, lists or tables (see ACU Academic Skills Unit. (2020). “What are academic
essays?”))
Below are some references I hope will be useful in writing the solution of this assignment, I
highly recommend you to use only the appropriate ones according to my chosen Topic;
DIABETES MELLITUS.
ASSESSMENT FORUM DISCUSSION
Hi XXX
Are we required to choose a specific disadvantaged community and plan a response
based on an actual health issue, or are are we meant to choose one of the health issues
listed and speak generally about working with a disadvantaged community, however not
name a specific community?
Many thanks,
Hi YYYY
You could do either option, it is up to you.
It might help to choose a particular community or demographic, so as to focus on their needs and
characteristics when discussing how a strengths-based approach would be integrated in
promoting collaboration to address the NHPA health issue.
But you could also select the NHPA and speak generally about how this can be best addressed
using a strengths-based approach and how this might look when working with disadvantaged
communities.
You might also consider focusing on the strengths-based approach and its role in fostering
respectful and supportive collaboration with community, especially high needs/ disadvantaged
communities, using the NHPA health issue as a fulcrum for discussion.
So, there are a number of ways to approach the topic. I suggest looking for the literature, seeing
what you can find and then making the decision based on what you have to work with.
Good for you! I’m so pleased to see that you are getting a jump on this assessment item. You
have some scope here. The rubric identifies Content, evidence and examples (HD) to adhere to
the following:
The content reflects all elements identified in the topic statement; is specific, current and
important to the topic and has impact in the way it is discussed; includes relevant examples
which consistently add depth and meaning to the discussion; and is supported by high quality
evidence at all times.
From this statement we can see that the assessment requires that you are specific to a
disadvantaged community. This means that your would consider a core population and utilise
primary research and evidence to support your analysis. This may be a national population of a
specific disadvantaged community. Throughout the unit we have focused on several
communities within broad health areas. Whilst we have key ABS data related to Indigenous
health, you can also review much data related to other vulnerable and disadvantaged
communities/minorities.
I am particularly reflecting on the Disabilities, Ageing and Carers Australia: Summary of Findings
(2018). This is an interesting document as it observes several community sectors:
Disabilities
Older people
Carers
Autism
Children with disabilities etc.
I have a question regarding the assessment two task. Once we choose a disadvantaged
community and one NHPA – are we using the strengths based approach to achieve a
goal/program for the community in order to address the chosen NHPA health issue?
Bingo! That’s right. I’ve just popped up a research article on strength based nursing. Remember
that the question also asks you to consider how you would work in partnership with community
groups, so don’t forget to consider this when you are analysing your disadvantaged community.
https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/78bc02fd-a75e-4f25-a0ae-b27f7bb2a4b2/bdia-c06.pdf.aspx
Excellent, that is essentially correct. See below as I have broken this essay question down for
you. Review the essay rubric as the way in which you analyse literature, critically discuss
knowledge, and develop your discussion is very important and strongly weighted.
You are a nurse working in a disadvantaged community. Describe how you would work in
partnership using a strengths-based approach with community groups to develop a
mutually respectful and supportive collaboration in a high needs community to address a
health issue (one of the NHPAs).
A) Your essay should identify and demonstrate knowledge of a disadvantaged community.
B) Consider one of the NHPA’s and consider how this applied to the disadvantaged community.
You essay discussion should explore this.
C) Consider how you would apply a strengths-based approach to work with this particular
community to improve this health issue.
It is expected that you demonstrate an understanding of what a strengths-based approach is,
and how it pertains to community health care work with your vulnerable community. In the
discussion I would expect that you discuss appropriate programs and ways of caring that are
intrinsically strength based or support ongoing community programs.
So, in essence,
You essay will demonstrate both elements, a strong understanding of one will develop your
discussion around your collaboration with community, multidisciplinary health workers to provide
optimum care for your vulnerable population.
How are you? I have responded to a similar question in a few other posts, so make sure you
check in on these as I think they will help you. Don’t forget that this is an essay and should follow
this convention. We have/are just completing the poster submission which considered strategies
in a more visual way.
This assessment asks that you consider several different elements:
The dynamic (vulnerable community)
The concept (strengths based approach)
The care (how would you work with a community using the above topics)
I have added a discussion paper on strength based approach to the linked posts.
In your discussion, consider how you might relate nursing and multidisciplinary team care to your
chosen vulnerable population and NHP area. I would suggest that you would broach
interventions/care options that might be developed based on a population strength.
For instance, if your vulnerable population had a high homelessness rate, this could be
considered an impediment, because they may be transient.
However, one strength may be that this population are also young/socially connected.
Community care delivery may utilise ehealth or communication platforms that improve
connectivity to health practitioners or services.
In this way, an element or population characteristic is considered an asset to providing a nursing
or healthcare service.
For this assessment, I am not exactly sure where to begin with structuring it. I understand
we have to explain how we would work in partnership using a strengths based approach
etc. but how we should we go about structuring this?
I have looked at the rubric and it doesn’t really show where the emphasis of marks is
going in terms of what content we should be including.
For example,
Should one paragraph be about the strengths based approach?, another two paragraphs
about strategies we will use when working in partnership to achieve our chosen NHPA
and then another paragraph on reflecting/evaluating??
Great to see that you are making a start. Yes, this is an essay structure and should follow the
normal academic conventions. Your discussion will depend of the community etc. which you
choose.
Some students will write with headings, commonly seen in 1st year essay writing, however, at a
third year level you should progress beyond this style. I would expect that you are able to
construct each paragraph and link your discussion from paragraph to paragraph so that the
author’s analytical conversation flows well when read.
The marking rubric requests:
Paragraphs are organised, and there is a logical progression of ideas so that content flows from
one paragraph to the next.
Certainly your essay should address the disadvantaged population. The question also asks that
you consider how you would wok in partnership using a strengths based approach. This
suggests that you must research this population well and address the strengths within this
community. A strengths based approach focuses on strengths, capacities and assets. It would be
important to address this. The rubric request:
There is evidence of both depth and breadth of reading. A sound, considered argument is
presented, and is well supported by appropriate evidence at all times.
Heres a good article for everyone to get them thinking about how a strengths based approach
applies:
Gottlieb, L., & Gottlieb, B. (2017). Strengths-Based Nursing: A process for implementing a
philosophy into practice. Journal of Family Nursing, 23(3),
319– 340. https://doi.org/10.1177/1074840717717731
I do hope this helps everyone,
If I choose Obesity as NHP for my essay and focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander community, is it okay to talk specifically about children (childhood obesity), then
in that way, I can tailor community program as a program designed for kids will not be
appropriate for adults. Or should I talk about the larger population?
Your advice would be highly appreciated!
Hi XXX
That is a good approach to be more specific as you have chosen your topic.
And also, when discussing our knowledge of disadvantaged communities, should we relate
it to the social determinant of health? For example, Australian refugees experience various
health issues due to social exclusion, which is identified as a social determinant of health
by WHO
Thank you for your question & yes this is a good choice. You can use whatever evidence you want
to support why this group is disadvantaged. To qualify this – just ensure that you are using evidence
from appropriate sources.
Nurses working in partnership with patients and carers
I have chosen the LGBT population and Mental Health as the NHPA and was wondering if my
structure of the essay was correct?
Intro- Discuss what a strength based approach is and how the nurse can work with the
disadvantaged community to improve the NHPA
Body 1: What is a disadvantaged community and the nurses role?
Body 2: What is mental health, prevalence amongst the community, and how it applies to the
specific community
Body 3: Developing an action plan with the use of the CRC model to discuss how the nurse can
use the strengths of the LGBT community/population to address and improve the the health
issue
also incorporating the NHS for a depth of understanding of the issue and the community needs
Conclusion – Summation of the points
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