Assess your community by doing an informal windshield survey

NR443 Guidelines for Caring for Populations

Milestone 1: Community Windshield Survey


The purpose of this assignment is to complete a direct observational assessment of a community in your area. This windshield survey will be the initial step in uncovering a community health problem in your area and identifying community dynamics. This problem will be further assessed in the following two assignments.

Course Outcomes

This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes.

CO #2. Integrate clinical judgment in professional decision-making and implementation of the nursing process through analysis of community health nursing practice. (PO #4)

CO #5. Analyze the nursing roles in the community health setting. (PO #7)

CO #7. Accept accountability for personal and professional development as part of the life-long learning process. (PO #5)

Due Date

Points: 150 points


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2. Length: The completed form should be no more than three pages in length (not including any optional references).


Below are the requirements needed for successful completion of the Windshield Survey Form:

1. Introduction to the Community: Identify the community you will be using for this assignment and provide a brief one to two paragraph description of the community. Your community should be the area where you live or the area surrounding your work setting.

2. Windshield Survey: Assess your community by doing an informal windshield survey. Information about the components of a windshield survey is located in your textbook, Nies & McEwen (2011) on page 97 (Box 6-2). Drive through the area and report your observations by describing each of the following six areas using the questions in the text as your guide (one to two paragraphs each):

a. Community vitality

b. Indicators of social and economic conditions

c. Health resources

d. Environmental conditions related to health

e. Social functioning

f. Attitude toward healthcare

It is helpful to conduct this assessment at least two different times: during the day or evening, on a weekday and/or on the weekend. If possible, plan on asking someone to drive during your survey so that you can take notes.

3. Conclusion: Provide a summary of your findings. The information gathered during the windshield survey should assist you to identify a community health problem that will be further assessed in the next assignment.