The purpose of this reflective journal is to answer guided questions related to how our environment and homelife shapes what we will become.

Week 11 Reflective Journal

The purpose of this reflective journal is to answer guided questions related to how our environment and homelife shapes what we will become. In addition, we will reflect on the role of the community health nurse and how nurses can make a difference in a seemingly hopeless situation.

Please watch the last two videos on “Don’t Shoot, I Want to Grow Up” prior to answering these questions. Please type responses in different color.

1. How did the Hidden in America series affect you? What were some of the gang members’ hopes and dreams? What do the young children want in this video? How has their environment shaped their future?

2. What types of strategies did the community leaders bring to the table to minimize the gang violence in Chicago (third video)? What other strategies might you suggest?

3. How does the recent epidemic of violence in Peoria impact your view on safety at work, shopping in your community, participating in community events along the Riverfront or Civic Center? Are there places in Peoria they you intentionally avoid?

4. Would you consider working as a community health nurse? Would you feel safe to enter homes located in the subsidized housing or neighborhoods on the South Side?

5. How could you change the dialogue regarding health disparities and health illiteracy in our communities?

6. What would you say to those grieving mothers who have lost children through gun violence? What hope could you provide?

7. Compare these videos with The Hate U Give. How does your character in the book compare to the people in the Hidden in America series? Do these videos make the book more real for you?

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