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Nursing | Online and Distance Education


The purpose of this article is to describe an innovative learning activity for online RN-BSN students designed to foster advocacy for vulnerable populations. The Vulnerable Population Advocacy Assignment, included as a component of the online Population-Focused Nursing class, provides students with the opportunity to identify and develop an awareness of issues impacting vulnerable populations and to advocate for policy changes that will influence the health of individuals, families, and populations. RN-BSN students build on previous knowledge and skills in professional communication and advocacy as they develop a policy statement designed to address health disparities impacting local, national, and global populations.

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This article is the author-created version that incorporates referee comments. It is the accepted-for-publication version. The content of this version may be identical to the published version (the version of record) save for value-added elements provided by the publisher (e.g., copy editing, layout changes, or branding consistent with the rest of the publication).


This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: "Population-focused nursing: Advocacy for vulnerable populations in an RN-BSN program," Public Health Nursing, volume 31, issue 5, 2014, pages 463-471, which has been published in final form at doi:10.1111/phn.12114. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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Melissa Jones & Paul Smith
Population-focused nursing: Advocacy for vulnerable populations in an RN-BSN program.
Public Health Nursing, 2014, volume 35, issue 5, pages 463-471



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