Community & Public Health Nursing

Community and public health nursing is defined as “the practice of promoting and protecting the health of populations using knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences” (Association of Public Health Nursing, 2018). Public health nursing focuses on the overall health of a population, promotion of wellness, and prevention of disease and disability. These nurses assess individuals and families within their community and individualize each plan of care based on genetic, lifestyle and environmental influences. General duties include: monitoring local and global health issues; identifying risk factors in specific communities; prioritizing interventions that benefit the majority of a specific population; advocating for improved access to healthcare in underserved communities; creating and implementing health education and disease prevention initiatives, such as immunizations and screenings; promoting currently available health care programs and services to improve access to care; and providing direct health care to at-risk populations. Public health and community nurses work in a variety of settings including health departments, schools, homes, community health centers, clinics, correctional facilities, worksites, and others.

In this Community and Public Health Nursing Resource Center, we’ve put together resources to help you provide the best care to patients in your community. Our Nursing Pocket Cards are quick references and our Guideline Summaries provide need-to-know information from the latest recommendations. Our infographics, tips and mnemonics, and blogs are additional resources to help you during your community and public health nursing career.

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