What is Public Health Nursing? 


   The Practice of Promoting and protecting the health of populations using knowledge from nursing, social,              and public health sciences. An Advanced specialty of Registered Nursing that requires a Bachelors of Science      Degree in Nursing and a California Public Health Nursing Certificate. 

Individual Client/Family Public Health Nursing

  • Targeted Case Management to a specific populations (i.e. aging, children, pregnant teen, HIV/AIDS). 
  • Performs nursing assessments on pregnant, parenting, high risk women and their children. 
  • Implements care plans to ensure health and safety to specific clients and/or their families.
  • Serves as a mandated reporter for child, dependent/elder abuse, and domestic violence. 

Examples of Programs in which Public Health Nurses are working:

  • California Children's Services
  • Child Health and Disability Prevention
  • Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Foster Care Nursing
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Immunizations
  • Maternal Child and Adolescent Health 
  • Nurse Family Partnership Program 
  • Older Adult Services
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

 Locations of Public Health Nursing Practices Varies

Clients may be served in homes, clinics, schools, churches, homeless shelters, jail, or on the streets



 Protects the Public's Health during Disasters or Emergencies

  • Directs  and prioritizes health response during disasters
  • Provides health care in an emergency shelter during a disaster
  • Conducts communicable disease surveillance in general shelters opened by American Red Cross
  • Provides mass vaccinations for disease outbreaks, pandemic influenza preparedness, seasonal immunizations, and other large scale disease prevention events/exercises. 

 Population-based Public Health Nursing

  • Conducts communicable disease investigations, interventions, and treatment.
  • Assess data that identifies unmet community health needs, then identifies barriers or new strategies to improve care. 
  • Serves as the resource or partner to various community collaboratives to address community healthcare needs. 
  • Provides leadership to assure access and availability of programs, policies, and services that improve the health status of populations.

 Multifaceted in Nursing Skills  and Knowledge

  • Facilitates linkage to community resources.
  • Assesses and improves access to health care.
  • Identifies supportive services and ensures highest level of self-sufficiency.
  • Understands and ensures culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions.
  • Assess health status and educates on specific health conditions. 
  • Assesses the needs and strengths of specific populations


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