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Public Health Nurse

A Public Health Nurse promotes and protects the health of people within a community.
Required education
Average annual salary
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Treat patients in their homes, during travel, or other non-hospital environments.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll create plans that prevent health or safety issues and help communities prepare for and recover from natural disasters.
Nursing bag, medication, and signs cartoon graphic
What you’ll do


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


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


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


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


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


Pass the NCLEX-RN.


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


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

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Public Health Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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