public health nursing

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public health

the field of health science that is concerned with safeguarding and improving the physical, mental, and social well-being of the community as a whole. The united states public health service (USPHS) is a federal health agency that is part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. State and county public health agencies function under the supervision of and with financial support from the Department of Health and Human Services.
public health nursing the branch of nursing concerned with providing nursing care and health guidance to individuals, families, and other population groups in settings such as the home, school, workplace, and other community settings such as medical and health centers. The nurse in this field, a community health nurse, must have a baccalaureate degree and training in public health nursing theory and practice; employment is typically with a local agency such as a nonprofit proprietary organization or with an agency under the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The work involves implementing such programs as school and preschool health programs, immunization and treatment of communicable diseases, maternal and child health clinics, and home visits for the purpose of providing health education and nursing care. There is also frequent participation in educational programs for nurses, allied professional workers, and civic organizations, and involvement in studying, planning, formulating public policy, and putting into action local and national health programs.

public health nursing

a field of nursing that is concerned with the health needs of the community as a whole. Public health nurses may work with families in the home, in schools, at the workplace, in government agencies, and at major health facilities. A home care nursing service is provided by nurses who have special education in public health and are employed by such voluntary agencies as the Visiting Nurses Association or Visiting Nurse Service, or Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada. Public health nurses enter practice through a baccalaureate program accredited in the United States by the National League for Nursing accrediting commission or the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, which prepares them to work as generalists. Additional recognition is offered through a certification program sponsored by the Division of Community Health Nursing of the American Nurses Association.
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Yet, little research has been conducted on public health nursing practices and policies related to the health of rural women in Canada (Leipert et al.
To participate in the 3rd International Public Health Nursing Conference in Galway, Ireland.
Just as important, however; was additional education in public health nursing.
Public health nursing in New Zealand developed in the early 1900s and remains a fundamental part of the health service (Alcorn, 2002), with strong links to the primary health care sector.
They make sense of the information they are confronted with by using their experience and expert knowledge gained from years of working in the area of public health nursing.
Their topics include a history of public health nursing in the US, fundamentals of epidemiology and social epidemiology, applying technology, intervention of case findings, counseling and health teaching, coalition building and community organizing, advocacy and policy development, a historical perspective on the control of epidemics, disaster nursing, and nursing education.
By 1982, I had been employed in the Public Health Nursing field for twenty years.
When I started in this position, there was not much visibility for the work of public health nursing or health care during epidemics.
O'Brien eliminated five public health nursing positions, leaving the city with just two nurses for performing infectious disease surveillance and reporting work, as well as tuberculosis case management.
Each year this program provides an opportunity for graduate students in public health/community health nursing, newly employed public health nurses, and baccalaureate nursing students with career goals of public health nursing to partner with an experienced public health nurse leader.
She also served as the Director of Public Health Nursing for the Metro Davidson County Health Department for eight years and previous to that served as the Director of Public Health Nursing for the Tennessee Department of Health & Environment for four years.

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