INNOVATION CENTERPreparing BSN Students for Population-Focused Nursing CareRandolph, Schenita; Evans, Charlotte; Bacon, Cynthia T.Author Information About the AuthorsThe authors are faculty at North Carolina A&T State University School of Nursing, Greensboro. Schenita Randolph, PhD, MPH, RN, CNE, is assistant professor. Charlotte Evans, MN, RN, FCN, is a clinical instructor. Cynthia T. Bacon, PhD, RN, is assistant professor. For more information, contact Dr. Randolph at[email protected]. Nursing Education Perspectives: March/April 2016 - Volume 37 - Issue 2 - p 115-117 doi: 10.5480/13-1122 Buy Metrics Abstract A baccalaureate nursing program in central North Carolina, in partnership with a local homeless shelter and community clinic, serves a vulnerable, underserved population while helping students gain hands-on experience in population-focused nursing. Students assess health needs, issues in access to care, and other health challenges using health assessment tools, surveys, and one-on-one dialogue. They then prioritize the top three health challenges and issues for the population and plan and implement educational sessions. After this experience, students report greater understanding of the concepts of community health and are able to apply them in practice. It is recommended that others considering this approach collect data to document the effectiveness of services to the population served and for funding of such initiatives. © 2016 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.