Public Health Nurse

A Public Health Nurse promotes and protects the health of people within a community.
Required education
ADN or BSN
Average annual salary
Attributes
Independent
Out-of-hospital
Patient-facing
Varied
You’ll create plans that prevent health or safety issues and help communities prepare for and recover from natural disasters.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do

Assessment

You’ll collect data and try to find patterns in disease outbreaks.

Education

You’ll teach people about preventing diseases and leading a healthy life.

Intervention

You’ll step in when you suspect cases of violence or abuse.

Leadership

You’ll lead the community during a crisis, such as a disease outbreak, or widespread addictions.

Treatment

You’ll perform health screenings and administer medications.

Where you’ll work
  • County health departments
  • City health departments
  • Federal health organization
  • Mobile health care service units
How to become a Public Health Nurse

02

Pass the NCLEX-RN .

03

Work as a Registered Nurse, gaining 2,000 hours experience in Public Health Nursing.

04

You’re ready to work as a Public Health Nurse.

Notes on Nursing Podcast

An Telephone Triage Nurse’s role is also out-of-hospital.
A Psychiatric Nurse is another type of long-term care nurse.
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