Community Nursing 405 Windshield Survey

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There are many changes that I have observed in my neighborhood since living here for 21 years. There has been a recent migration of homeowners moving out of the neighborhoods. The home owners are either renting out their homes, to a new influx of section 8 tenants or they have chosen to walk away from their homes leaving many in the area to go into foreclosure. Foreclosure and crime are two of the biggest element of change that I have noticed in my neighborhood, and many of these problems arise from the economy, health and illness, and familial structure breakdown. This has caused a change in the way the homes in the area appear. Currently, many of the homes have lost their curb appeal. At one time this neighborhood had beautiful maintained lawns, many of the homes had fresh paint or siding applied, and during spring or income tax time you could count on watching many neighbors being in their yards spring cleaning and fixing up. There was a time when the community had tool borrowing, if you needed a tool to maintain something in your home, the resource was city hall. Just leave your driver’s license and you could borrow it for 24 hours. Apparently those days are gone. When I drive through my community I don’t notice many of the changes because I am focused on whatever mission Aim on, but when I am driving looking for things it became more interesting to notice kids on the street during school hours, people on the street; whom appear to have nothing to do. This brings me to my nursing diagnosis for this community. In the beginning I thought that this may be a hard project, but I have since begun to see the community from a different perspective. My first diagnosis for the community is; Ineffective coping, related to increase of poverty/lack of education secondary to loss of jobs and inability to pay for food and housing. Interventions: Find ways for the community to get together and learn how to deal with their problems and make...
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