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Public Health Nursing Practice Manual

Guidance for the Public Health Nursing Assessment*

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Guidance

FV (Family Violence) (Cont’d)

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Have you experienced physical violence in the past year? Do you feel safe in your current relationship? Is there a partner from a previous relationship who is making you feel unsafe now?

  • A “yes” answer to any one of these questions indicates a high risk for future abuse and indicates that the individual should be counseled and referred for family violence assistance. Public health nurses do not provide “medical services for a physical condition coming within the definition of a suspicious injury.” PHNs are required to make a mandated written suspicious injury report to local police if they observe an act of violence or if the client discloses that the STD for which she/he is being treated is the result of a sexual assault.

Healthy Habits

  • Ask the member or parent questions about whether he/she has a healthy diet (for adults, 3 cups of milk per day, 6 ounces of protein per day, 2 ½ cups of vegetables per day, 2 cups of fruit per day, at least 3 ounces of whole grains, minimal use of unhealthy fats, oils, and sweets). The nurse can assess children age 11 or under according to her/his judgment. The nurse can ask the child separately, apart from other household members according to her/his judgment.

  • Ask the member or parent if he/she engages in physical activity/exercises at least 30 minutes a day, most days of the week. The nurse can assess children age 11 or under according to her/his judgment. The nurse can ask the child separately, apart from other household members according to her/his judgment.

  • Ask the member or parent if he/she smokes, uses drugs and/or alcohol. The nurse can assess children ages 11 or under according to her/his judgment. The nurse can ask the child separately, apart from other household members according to her/his judgment.

  • Ask the member about safer sexual practices (uses barrier protection if in a non monogamous relationship, limits number of partners, no sharing of personal sex items). The nurse can assess children age 11 or under according to her/his judgment. The nurse can ask the child separately, apart from other household members according to her/his judgment.

  • Add additional comments in the text box provided if desired.

*See NPMS manual for detailed instructions on completing the PHN Assessment module

© 2007 LAC DPH Public Health Nursing

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