Goals: After completing this module, you will be able to do the following: Demonstrate understanding of basic epidemiologic principles Understand social and behavioral determinants of health that affect disease progression Understand the chain of infection Demonstrated understanding of the role of the community health nurse in communicable disease prevention, treatment, and recovery Overview Epidemiology is the science that looks at causes, distribution and disease control in populations. Community health nurses need to have an understanding of epidemiologic principles in order to provide quality care for whole populations. Causality, risk and rate of occurrence of a disease will have tremendous impact on prevention, response and recovery in the community. Learning Materials Clark, M. J. (2015). Population and community health nursing (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Chapter 3 2. Read the required chapter(s) of the textbook and any additional recommended resources. Some answers may require you to do additional research on the Internet or in other reference sources. Choose your sources carefully. 3. Consider the discussions and any insights gained from it. 4. Create your Assignment submission and be sure to cite your sources, use APA style as required, check your spelling. Assignment: Write a scholarly paper in which you apply the concepts of epidemiology and nursing research to a communicable disease. Choose one communicable disease. (Note that genetic diseases such as diabetes, or sickle cell are not communicable diseases). Please discuss Clostridium difficile (CDIFF) Epidemiology Paper Requirements Include the following in your assignment: A thorough description of the disease including causes, mode of transmission, symptoms, treatment and complications. Discuss the demographic most affected-incidence, prevalence, morbidity, and mortality. What are the determinants of health affecting this disease? https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/about/foundation-health-measures/Determinants-of-Health. Identify the epidemiologic triad including host, agent and environmental factors as related to this disease. Discuss the role of the public health nurse in relation to this disease. How is the public health nurse involved in finding, reporting, collection and analysis of data and follow up? A minimum of three references is required. APA format is required.
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