College of Nursing

At-Risk 2016

Location
Utah County
Time Frame
Entire Spring block 6-7 weeks
Clinical Experiences
Children's Justice Center
Dan Peterson School
Heritage School
Mountainlands Community Clinic
Utah County Jail
Utah County Walk-In Volunteer Clinic
Utah State Prison
UVRMC Diabetes Management Clinic
**clinicals 2-3 days per week (8-10 hrs/day)
Cost
 Spring Term tuition (plus minimal travel)

At-Risk populations are found in all societies, including our own Utah County community. At-Risk populations are groups of individuals that are more vulnerable to infectious diseases, have special needs regarding health care and/or are at a high risk for health disparity. Factors that place individuals at high-risk include: age; economic hardship; social, geographical, or cultural separation; limited language skills; limited health care access due to discrimination; and increased susceptibility to injury or death as a result of physical, cognitive, or sensory disability or disease vulnerability. 

Reflection:

“After my experiences with the “at-risk” population, I recognize that my personal, professional, and spiritual attitudes have shifted. I have gained a better understanding of the people I had the blessing of caring for and hope to relay that understanding and compassion into my future professional career.

Throughout my experience of caring for patients in the “at-risk” population, I made a conscious effort to pray for guidance everyday while caring for the patients. I prayed for the ability to see God’s children as he sees them and to not simply see them as a combination of the mistakes they had made but as a result of difficult circumstances and most importantly, as a child of God. With these changes in attitude, I hope to implement my new perspectives in my future nursing career. I understand how difficult it is to maintain a positive perspective when you work with the “at-risk” population every day. However, I believe maintaining an attitude of kindness and compassion is worth battling for every day.”