Educational Innovations 

An Innovative Approach to Health Promotion Experiences in Community Health Nursing: A University Collaborative Partnership

Melondie R. Carter, DSN, RN; Rebecca K. Kelly, PhD, RD, CDE; Michele Montgomery, PhD, RN; Michelle Cheshire, MSN, RN


The number of nurses working in community-based practices with a population focus is increasing rapidly, whereas the rate of employment for nurses in hospitals is expected to grow more slowly. The shift in health care toward primary health care and health promotion requires nurse educators to ensure that students learn to practice in collaborative partnerships in community settings. This article describes an innovative collaborative partnership with the Capstone College of Nursing and the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness at The University of Alabama. Through this partnership, community health nursing students provide health promotion for university employees in the University’s wellness program. The program provides nursing students with a unique opportunity for interprofessional collaboration while improving their clinical and communication skills. This innovative collaborative approach serves as a useful model for nursing faculty members when delivering community health instruction.

Dr. Carter is Associate Professor, Dr. Montgomery is Assistant Professor, and Ms. Cheshire is RN Mobility Coordinator, Capstone College of Nursing, Dr. Kelly is Director, and Dr. Carter is also Assistant Director, Health Promotion and Wellness, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

The authors thank the Office of Academic Affairs for its support of this collaborative effort.

Please address correspondence to Melondie R. Carter, DSN, RN, Associate Professor, Capstone College of Nursing, The University of Alabama, Box 870358, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0358; e-mail:

Received: March 26, 2012
Accepted: October 03, 2012
Posted Online: January 21, 2013



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