Nursing Careers in Public Health

About Community Health Nursing: Become a Public Health Nurse
September 19, 2014 – 03:18 pm

a nurse holding files in waiting roomAs a public health nursing professional, you are called on to provide access to health care to many who may not normally be able to afford medical services. Your patients include poor and uninsured populations from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds.

A public health nurse strives to promote prevention over treatment. By correcting poor health practices and maintaining a safe home or work environment, patients lower risks to their health and require fewer visits to health care facilities. The goal of a public health nursing career is to educate patients through community-based intervention programs, which identify and correct multiple health issues:

  • Improper diet
  • Infectious and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Social violence
  • Substance abuse
  • Teen pregnancy

Your nursing career in public health can lead to several different working environments, including a patient's home, community center and workplace, to provide medical assistance or perform inspections. Opportunities to use your nursing degree can be found in facilities that treat patients 24 hours a day, but employment for a school or business usually provides a stable work schedule within their hours of operation.

Emergency response positions are available with the federal government in teams leading sanitary relief efforts for the survivors of disasters. Large-scale disasters require emergency plans, created by public health nurses, to be in place beforehand to minimize possible dangers and aid in the safe evacuation and housing of victims, if necessary.

Interesting facts
The Health Sciences Center for Global Health (HSCGH) at The Ohio State University (OSU) is a collaborative program among the OSU Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Public Health, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. The HSCGH is led jointly by the Colleges of Medicine (COM) and Public...
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Popular Q&A
Who was the father of public health nurse?

Florence Nightiangel
Dr KannanA.T.,
Professor of Public health University College of medical sciences,Delhi--110095,India.

What are roles of a nurse in public health?

nurse play a important role in making a man perfect more than a doctor because doctor only give medicines or do operations carefully but nurse look after them from day to night they give them medicines at time and injectiones at time and look after them from day to night some times they not go there homes for many days so in my opinion nurse is a true public helper

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