Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Kathleen Clark DNP, RN

Second Advisor

Joyce P Miller DNP, RN

Third Advisor

Martha Aleman MAN, RN


The Rochester Health Commons is a nurse-led, drop-in center providing a place of belonging for individuals experiencing isolation and marginalization, as well as a place for Augsburg University nursing students to learn transcultural nursing skills in Rochester, Minnesota. Through an academic-community partnership between Bethel Lutheran Church and Augsburg University, the Rochester Health Commons has adapted to the needs of the guests in response to their expressed felt needs based on Watson’s Human Caring Theory. In this nurse-led drop-in center, nurses bear witness to the lives of the guests, provide health consultation, provide personal hygiene items, and complete the basic nursing cares. Since opening on September 24 , 2018, the Rochester Health Commons has become a community. The guests and nurses share their wisdom with each other and together, they have created a place for belonging. Using evaluation methods of post-survey questionnaires by students, examining patterns in recorded numbers of guests, reflecting on feedback from those in the discipline, and ongoing support from community partners, the Rochester Health Commons has been positively received by the community. The Rochester Health Commons will continue to be a place where nurses can accompany guests on their health journey through responding to expressed felt needs, bearing witness to the struggle, and naming capacity.


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