Community Assessment Nursing

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Assessment of Non-acute Health and Social Services in Ponchatoula, Louisiana Laura K. Ogden Southeastern Louisiana University College of Nursing and Health Sciences School of Nursing NLAB 334 October 29, 2014 Assessment of Non-acute Health and Social Services in Ponchatoula, Louisiana The community assessed was Ponchatoula, Louisiana. The focus of the assessment was non-acute health and social services. The community-as-partner model was used as a guide in understanding how the different parts of Ponchatoula’s community make up its core, and to apply the steps of the nursing process (Anderson and McFarlane, 2011). The assessment was based on observations of the community,…show more content…
The facility has 27 private rooms, an 8,000 square foot gym for treatment with specialized equipment, 4,847-square-foot therapeutic Aquatic Center, and a therapeutic garden. Staff includes: 1 physical medicine doctor, 1 rehabilitation doctor, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, case managers, social workers, rehabilitation nurses, nursing assistants and support staff. North Oaks claims that it’s, “rehabilitation patients make greater functional improvements when compared to similar patients across the nation, and they achieve those improvements in fewer days than patients in other rehabilitation facilities” (North Oaks, 2014). In 2013 there were 466 patients admitted with 3.6 average number of therapy hours and an average length of stay of 12.4 days. The average age of patients was 70 years old and 61% were female and 39% were male (North Oaks, 2014). Psychiatric Facility. There are no psychiatric facilities located within the city limits of Ponchatoula. Rosenblum Mental health center has 2 centers located in Hammond; one for children, and one for adults (Florida Parishes Human Services Authority, 2014). This facility is run by Florida Parishes Human Services Authority (FPHSA), and started serving adults and children of the 5 Florida parishes (Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington) in 2004. This facility is funded through the legislature
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