Using service-learning to develop health promotion and research skills in nursing students

Deanna L. Reising, Roberta A. Shea, Patricia N. Allen, Marcia M. Laux, Desiree Hensel, Patricia A. Watts

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Health promotion skills are a key component of most nursing education programs. While many curricula center around a singular health promotion project contained in one course, this nursing program saw the opportunity to use service-learning as a vehicle for developing a range of both health promotion and research skills. This report details a service-learning research program involving second and third year nursing students. Students conducted a community needs assessment, and designed, implemented, and evaluated health promotion programs that were developed as a result of the community needs assessment. Students collected data on the effectiveness of their programs through pre- and post-test design. Once in their statistics and research courses, students analyzed the data and prepared the data for presentation, developing their research skills. Results from the community on pre- and post-tests indicated significant gains in knowledge regarding hypertension and diabetes risk factors, prevention strategies, and intent to change behavior. Student outcome data was also collected and showed students perceived they had increases in the following skill sets: health promotion, assessment, civic engagement, and research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number29
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2008


  • Community
  • Health promotion
  • Nursing education
  • Service-learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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