This paper is a depiction of my windshield survey completed on February 26, 2012 in Mesa, AZ; specifically the community dubbed ‘a street named desire’, it reveals my understanding while conducting this survey.
Prior to beginning this assignment, I realized I must first learn the purpose of a windshield survey, and how it is carried out. I learned to look at my surroundings differently. "Assignment Workshop portfolio Rubric and Nursing Objectives" (n.d.), discloses "A windshield survey is “a composite of subjective and objective data that help define a community, its trends, stability and changes that will affect the health of the population” (Preparation). It involves surveillance of an …show more content…
Help the community to obtain funds for additional programs. Encourage positive attitudes toward the community through the media and other sources (Ackley & Ladwig, 2011, p. 278).
According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2012), Phoenix, Arizona has the sixth highest Hispanic/Latino population in the United States (Hispanic/Latino profile). Approximately 76 percent speak a language other than English. In the quest to provide culturally competent care, it is crucial to provide literature in Spanish. This aids in closing the health care gap that many minorities experience. Many of the facilities in this community already provide these services in the form of consents, discharge instructions, and informational pamphlets.
When partnered with community assets, such as hospitals, home health agencies, schools, and local businesses, nursing knows no limits.
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