Community Engagement Curriculum in an Undergraduate Nursing Program

Category 2: Program Development Grant

"Community partners, nursing students, and nursing faculty, all value the goals of community engagement_reducing health disparities, developing cultural sensitivity and competence, and developing a commitment to vulnerable populations. However, the reality of finding time to devote to these goals in the midst of a content-driven curriculum and the busy schedules of students, community partners, and faculty is a major challenge. Community partner involvement has evolved during this early implementation phase. Initially for students and partners the desired outcomes were mutual discovery, relationship building, and developing trust as a foundation for future work; however, over time this collaboration contributed to a mutual goal of providing means to access new knowledge and capabilities. The key lesson learned is that change is a process and a good portion of the learning happens during the process, sometimes more than the learning that results from the end product or outcome."