"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."
Community Engagement Curriculum in an Undergraduate Nursing Program
Category 2: Program Development Grant