Windshield Survey Reflection
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. Reflection
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 assortment of public assets to determine the general condition of the community. The subjects observed are: housing and zoning, open spaces, boundaries, commons, transportation, service centers, stores and street people, signs of decay, race and ethnicity, religion and politics, health and morbidity, and media. The term community took on a whole new meaning. Dictionary.com defines community as “a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage” ("community," 2012). Community health is “the meeting of collective needs by identifying problems and managing behaviors within the community itself and between the community and larger society” (Stanhope & Lancaster, p. 347). Community as client “nursing focus is on the collective or common good of the population instead of on individual health” (p.343). Ultimately, community health is the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people. My client base became much larger. My outlook grew broader. "Healthy People 2020" (2012), states " Injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44, and a leading cause of disability for all ages, regardless of sex, race/ethnicity, or...
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