Public Health Nurse

Public health nurses are health professionals that provide nursing services in community settings. They educate groups families and individuals about health and wellness. In some cases they diagnose health problems and administer immunizations but they also provide counseling about ways to prevent diseases. The website www.ehow.com says that public health nurses organize educational programs and give telephone advice on topics such as nutrition prenatal care parenting and substance abuse. Also they investigate reports of communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and measles and they work with physicians and schools to prevent the spread of these diseases. Public health nurses often have offices but typically they travel throughout the community spending time in clinics youth centers schools shelters or even homes in which problems have been reported. In this profession there are certain risks of exposure to diseases bodily fluids and or just being in high-risk neighborhoods. Public health nurses must have good communication skills and they must be sensitive to ethnic and cultural differences in health beliefs and practices. Many of their patients are lower economic and uninsured. According to the website www.ehow.com aspiring public health nurses usually have an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing but a bachelor’s degree in nursing and certification in community health nursing is preferable. Most employers try to hire public health nurses that are licensed as registered nurses and have years of nursing experience. Job opportunities for this profession are expected to grow at an above average rate. The website www.allnursingschools.com lists the average annual salary for a public health nurse between $44000 and $64000.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $54000
High Salary: $64000
Low Salary: $44000
Tasks: Provides nursing services at public health clinics.
Assesses patients' health history and current health status.
Develops, implements and evaluates individualized plans of care for multiple patients.
Administers immunizations and medications.
Also Called: Traveling Nurse
Visiting Nurse
Registered Nurse
Community Nurse
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/about_6399016_job-description-public-health-nurse.html
http://www.allnursingschools.com/nursing-careers/career/community-health-nurse
http://www.answers.com/topic/public-health-nursing