College health nurses practically should address two questions: What are the objectively discernible requirements for nursing presented to college health nurses by changing populations of enrolled students? and How can such nursing requirements be accurately described? Given the introduction and use of a process that includes continuous data collection and analysis to yield accurate descriptions of why college students need and can benefit from nursing, there is another question to be addressed: Are these needs being met, and if so with what degree of effectiveness and efficiency?
In college health units, there should be standards to guide nurses in the description of students from a nursing perspective, and in the provision of nursing to individual students or to groups of students. Since college health nurses' duties may extend beyond nursing to include the operation and management of college health units, as well as other tasks, it is important to keep in mind that the subsequent section on standards addresses only standards for nursing.
The word standard, in a somewhat loose sense, means a pattern or an exemplar, a design or a model that is worthy of imitation. For example,
This paper, here abridged, was originally presented at the annual meeting of the American College
Health Association, joint luncheon of the Junior Community Colleges and Nursing Sections in
New Orleans, May 30, 1986.
[Ed. Note: Portions of the original presentation that duplicated other papers appearing elsewhere
in this book or in other publications have been deleted.]