Posted: May 17th, 2021

Direct care project part 1: assessment and diagnosis


Directions for Part 1

  1. Review the Direct Care Project Overview above. Select topic (Air Quality OR Substance Use) from the table. This will be the topic of your entire course project.
  2. View the Direct Care Project Part 1 Tutorial (Links to an external site.).
  3. Download the corresponding Assessment and Diagnosis template under Templates below. For example, if you have selected Air Quality as your topic, download the Air Quality Assessment and Diagnosis Template. 
  4. Collect the data outlined in the template. There are two parts: 
    • Online data collection – gather data from the weblinks provided on the template 
      • Please note, if you live in Washington D.C. it may be listed as a  state or county. You may list the Washington D.C. data as state and  county, then compare to the U.S. data.
    • Modified windshield survey data collection – gather local community data by physically looking at your community 
      • If possible, plan on asking someone to drive during your survey so that you can take notes.
      • Your community should be the area where you live or the area  surrounding your work. The community must include a residential area and  be a large enough area to answer the survey questions. If you live in a  large area, you may choose a suburb.
      • Note: It is helpful to conduct this portion of the assessment at  least two different times: during the day or evening, on a weekday,  and/or on the weekend.
  5. Identify a nursing problem (nursing diagnosis) based on data and observations 
    • You must select a problem caused by your topic
    • Important: the problem you identify will be utilized in Parts 2, 3, and 4 of the project. 
  6. Identify the vulnerable population that the problem affects. This will also determine who you will present to in Part 3.
  7. Write the nursing diagnosis (See template and chapter 6 in Nies & McEwen textbook for more information)
  8. Submit template through the submit assignment button on this page.


Select and download from the links below the one that corresponds with selected topic:

Air Quality Assessment and Diagnosis Template (Links to an external site.)

Substance Use Assessment and Diagnosis Template (Links to an external site.)

Best Practices

  • Please use your browser’s File setting to save or print this page.
  • Use the template provided. If the template is not used, a deduction will be applied. See rubric below.
  • Download and save the template (with your name) to your computer. Type directly on the template.
  • Spell check for spelling and grammar errors prior to final submission. 
  • Include your name and date on the template.
  • Use the rubric as a final check prior to submission to ensure all content is clearly addressed. 

Scholarly Sources and Citations

  • Since sources are on the template, citations are not needed.

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