Developing and Changing Poplarville, Mississippi : Report

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Running head: DEVELOPING AND CHANGING1Developing and Changing Poplarville, MississippiEarnest JobSchool of Nursing
DEVELOPING AND CHANGING2AbstractPoplarville, a small town located in Mississippi, is changing rapidly. Cultural diversity,new economic development, and social and health management issues create increased anxietyfor the community leaders. Health care workers feel stressed as more patients require treatmentfor diseases and health issues that are unfamiliar. Education for health care workers regardingnew cultures and disease management is needed. Community members need to be educated ondisease management, with continued access to medications at free or discounted prices.A community health clinic, located in the old locally owned grocery store, would providea venue for nurse practitioners to provide comprehensive health care and education to allcommunity members. Diabetic, HIV/AIDS and TB medications could be provided free or atreduced prices. Educational information on swimming, safe sex, diabetes, tuberculosis,HIV/AIDS, depression and nutrition could be offered.Nurse practitioners would be available to provide education to local nurses and medicalproviders regarding cultural diversity, disease management and support for increasing healthrelated problems.
DEVELOPING AND CHANGING3Developing and Changing Poplarville, MississippiPoplarville is a town in crisis. The small rural community is growing rapidly with themajor construction of a new resort and casino. New cultures, with the addition of South Africanworkers, more Native Americans and Eastern Europeans, are bringing different medical andsocial issues to the medical professionals. With an aging medical provider soon to retire, theclosing of the small grocery where many people were provided with free medications, andfrustrated hospital nurses regarding lack of knowledge regarding unknown diseases, a bold stepneeded to be taken.What if the money currently sitting untouched in the “Swim out of the Weeds” fund,which has grown to $1.5 million, could be utilized to purchase the small grocery and convert itinto a community health clinic that would be run by nurse practitioners?Ethically, this plan would be benefitting the community in many ways. It would providecomprehensive health care and education to all community members which would follow theprinciple of beneficence, to do what is good (Rainbow, 2002). It would also allow thecommunity members to make decisions that apply to their lives and have some control over theirlife experiences.Diabetic, HIV/AIDS and TB medications could be provided free or reduced prices. Thesmall grocery store was providing this to the community, and in view of the fact that the store isclosing, this would be a way to follow the ethical principle of doing least harm.Educational information on safe swimming would keep the original plans for the moneyintact, which would be fair and just for the community members that established the trust fundmany years ago. Education on safe sex, diabetes, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, depression andnutrition would also be provided.
DEVELOPING AND CHANGING4Nurse practitioners would be available to provide education to local nurses and medicalproviders regarding cultural diversity, disease management and support for increasing healthrelated problems.Approaching the remaining benefactors of the trust fund, along with the communityplanning committee, with the explanation utilizing the ethical principles as outlined, shouldprovide all involved with enough beneficial reasons to utilize this money for the establishment ofa community health clinic.Diversity issues arise rapidly when people from other countries begin to arrive in acommunity. Poplarville, with a small population of Native Americans, now has seen an increasein this culture due to the casino being built. South African and Eastern Europeans have nowarrived, which this community knows nothing about. An aging population is now experiencingmore youth and young adults with small children. New diseases and unfamiliar customs andbeliefs are being experienced. Life as many of the community members knew it, is nowchanging rapidly (Davis, 2014).The community clinic will be able to help with some of these changes, by providingeducation on cultural diversity issues, new and unfamiliar customs and health related problems.Providing care for a diverse population, the medical professional will be able to identify theuniqueness of each patient they encounter. It does not matter what the person looks like or ifthey have an accent, if their beliefs are different from yours, what matters is they are a patientseeking help.Genetics and genomics have important roles in both the health and disease managementof individuals. Genomic variants are a contributing factor in nine of the ten leading causes ofdeath in the United States, which include diabetes and cardiovascular disease ("National Human
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