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NSG 302 Health Aggregates in the Community

NSG 302 Health Aggregates in the Community

NSG 302 Health Aggregates in the Community

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West Penn Hospital School of Nursing

NSG 302:  Health Aggregates in the Community is a 10-week course that focuses on health promotion of various aggregates within the community. Decision-making is emphasized in promoting health of specific groups, particularly children, adolescents, young adults, and the elderly, in the community. Some specific aggregates whose healthcare needs are discussed include school children, occupational groups, homeless, and a wide variety of cultural and socioeconomic groups. The concept of holism is applied through the study of concepts related to community health, health-specific aggregates, and ultimately the individual. All levels of prevention are discussed, with emphasis on primary prevention. Communication skills emphasize group dynamics and group process. The course emphasizes professional accountability and responsibility for community health. The role of the community health nurse in meeting healthcare needs of aggregates is introduced.  Management concepts relate to the issues of access and availability of healthcare resources and the economics of health care. The clinical experiences in this course provide the student exposure to multiple and varied agencies that address the needs of specific aggregates within the community.

Learning Objectives

  • Relate the nursing process to the health care of aggregates in the community.
  • Appreciate the importance of the role of the nurse both personally and professionally in responding to community healthcare issues.
  • Analyze communication dynamics in individual/group interactions.
  • Integrate concepts of levels of prevention to healthcare needs of specific aggregates in the community.
  • Consider transcultural effects on the healthcare aggregates.
  • Explore availability, accessibility, and economic issues in the delivery of health care for aggregates.


  • West Penn Hospital School of Nursing students