This course provides the theoretical foundation for the study of community health nursing. The client is viewed as the individual, the family, and the community within a social framework, with the goal of optimizing functioning. Historical, socioeconomic, environmental, political, and cultural indicators of the health of a community are explored. Students discuss legal aspects of practice that govern the care of vulnerable populations. Students engage in health teaching and counseling skills needed in various community health settings. The application of the nursing process is applied to diverse client scenarios with an emphasis on growth and development, health promotion, and the provision of holistic care to the client and family. Learning opportunities are presented in the classroom, simulation, and in supervised clinical experiences.