Case Study of a Service-Learning Project in a Nurse-Managed Clinic for Homeless and Indigent Individuals
This chapter describes the implementation of two service-learning courses within the setting of a primary-care clinic for homeless and indigent individuals. The two courses are a campus-wide Introduction to Community Service and a Community Health Nursing Practicum. Although these two courses have different learning outcomes, they both address the primary goals of service-learning, including (1) developing students' understanding about the responsibility of citizenship and preparing students for effective roles in society; (2) improving students' communication skills, problem-solving skills, and project-specific skills; (3) enhancing students' self esteem and sense of social reality; and (4) providing an interdisciplinary perspective (Kendall and Associates 1990). The sections that follow describe the setting that the two service-learning courses share, the university-wide course, and the community health nursing practicum. Common issues faced in both courses that are discussed include reflective learning practices, community/client impact, communicating expectations to the student and the site personnel, collaboration to accomplish both service and learning outcomes, and practical issues associated with service-learning in a clinic for the homeless and indigent.
Macnee, Carol; White, Deborah; and Hemphill, Jean Croce. 1998. Case Study of a Service-Learning Project in a Nurse-Managed Clinic for Homeless and Indigent Individuals. Caring and community: Concepts and models for service-learning in nursing, American Association for Higher Education. Vol.4 E. Zlotkowski, J.S. Norbeck, C. Connolly, J. Koerner, Eds. Washington, DC: American Association for Higher Education. 65-73. https://www.amazon.com/Caring-Community-Concepts-Service-Learning-Disciplines/dp/1563770091