Windshield Survey Summary
March 3, 2014
Windshield Survey Summary
Nightingale, arguably the first modern nurse, influenced and changed healthcare by collecting and interpreting data observed during her service in the Crimean war (Audain, 2014).. Similarly the public health nurse (PHN) attempts to help and influence the community they serve. The windshield survey is a tool for the PHN in obtaining data within the community. Basic physical characteristics about the environment including the inhabitants are gained. This subjective tool is performed while driving or walking, and is used by the nurse to assess the needs of the community.
S. department of health and human services, 2013). Standhope and Lancaster (2012) include three measurable dimensions: process, structure, and status. Including these dimensions the definition allows for measureable outcomes based on interventions implemented by the PHN within the community being serviced. This process is realized in the prevention of communicable diseases such as seen in yearly flu campaigns. Thus, the windshield survey allows for the assessment of the health of the community; and awareness for PHN into future and immediate needs of that community. By proper assessment the PHN can appropriate and lobby for the appropriation of need systems to engage the community to lessen the effects of preventable disease process. Flu prevention is one of any numerable processes; this is inclusive of all dysfunction that may cause harm to a community in any circumstance, natural or manmade.
Community as client
The standard client for the modern nurse is seen as the individual patient. Community as the client occurs when focus is removed from the individual and placed on the community for the greater good (Standhope & Lancaster, 2012). This is reflected in the American Public Health Association (APHA) mission statement (2014), “Improve the health of the public and achieve equity in health status” (Our mission). The PHN is directed toward the greater good in lieu of focusing attention directly toward the individual. Thus, the windshield survey is a tool to help the PHN affect the community as a client.
To facilitate meeting the needs of the community, partnerships must be formed. These occur at all levels within the community. Organizational, financial, and cooperative partnerships formed within the neighborhood help to facilitate managing the needs of the community. The APHA views these relationships as the means to improve the health of the community (American Public Health Association, 2014). Applying the insight gained from the windshield survey the PHN can seek these partnerships to focus resources and attention to benefit the community.
Impression of South Huntington NY
The school district of South Huntington in which the family of GH (the family of focus for the clinical education experience) resides is a multi-cultural suburban area. The pre-windshield survey revealed South Huntington as; an upper middle class community with a low unemployment rate, with a low veteran population, where the majority of the population considered themselves American born with their heritage traced to Ireland, Italy, or French Canada, where most persons driving vehicles did so alone, where more of the community is employed in retail versus other occupations, and with access to housing, health care, education, houses of worship, and services such as local police precincts and fire departments (United States Census Bureau, 2012). The post windshield survey revealed that there are some discrepancies to the Census Bureau findings. The...