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Community 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

Submit to the appropriate basket in the Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. MT Sunday of Week 2.

Points: 150 points


  1. Download the NR443 Community Windshield Survey Form from Doc Sharing. You will type your name and answers directly onto this Word document. Your form does NOT need to follow APA formatting; however, you are expected to use correct grammar, spelling, syntax and write in complete sentences.
  2. Save the file by clicking “Save as” and adding your last name to the file name, e.g., “NR443 Windshield Survey Form_Smith”
  3. Submit the completed form to the “Caring for Populations: Community Windshield Survey” Dropbox by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 2.
  4. 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):
    1. Community vitality
    2. Indicators of social and economic conditions
    3. Health resources
    4. Environmental conditions related to health
    5. Social functioning
    6. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. References: The purpose of this assignment is to document your observations of your community. Outside sources are not required. However, if sources are used, these sources must be cited within the form and listed in the Reference section.

Best Practices in Preparing the Form

The following are best practices in preparing this project:

  • Make sure all elements of the form are included.
  • Review directions and grading rubric below thoroughly.
  • Cite any outside references as above (these are optional).
  • Proofread prior to final submission.
  • Check for spelling and grammar errors prior to final submission.
  • Abide by the CCN academic integrity policy, which may be found in the Policies under the Course Home tab.

Grading Rubric: Caring for Populations: Community Windshield Survey (150 points)

CriteriaA(92–100%)Outstanding or highest level of performanceB(84–91%)Very good or high level of performanceC(76–83%)Competent or satisfactory level of performanceF(0–75%)Poor, failing, or unsatisfactory level of performancePts
Introduction of Community 10 pointsCommunity identified and briefly described.(9–10 points)Community identification or description is insufficient.(8 points)Community identification and description are insufficient.(7 points)Community not identified or described.(0–6 points)/10
Windshield Survey120 pointsCommunity assessed: Findings adequately cover the 6 criteria listed.(110–120 points)Assessment of 1–2 of the criteria is missing or inadequate.(100–109 points)Assessment of 3-4 of the criteria is missing or inadequate.(91-99 points)Windshield survey not completed or criteria not followed.(0–90 points)/120
Conclusion10 pointsConclusion sufficient and includes brief summary of windshield survey findings.(9–10 points)Conclusion lacks brief reiteration of windshield survey findings.(8 points)Conclusion is insufficient.(7 points)Conclusion not completed.(0–6 points)/10
Mechanics10 pointsTwo or fewer grammar, spelling, or syntax errors. Writes logically in complete sentences.(10 points)Three errors of any type.(8-9 points)Four errors of any type.(6-7 points)More than four errors of any type.(0-5 points)/10
Total Points:/150

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