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Public Health Nursing Practice Manual

Frequently Asked Questions District PHN Evaluation of Practice

10. Question: What tools should the PHNS start with first when she/he starts the evaluation process? Answer: Attachment “A” PHN Tracking Form and the appropriate evaluation tool.

  • 11.

    Question: Is it necessary to have the priority # documented? Answer: Yes

  • 12.

    Question: Does the priority # have to be documented if the investigation/follow- up was initiated in the priority period? Answer: Yes

  • 13.

    Question: If the documentation seems incomplete in the record, does the PHNS rate every element or skip those that are missing? Answer: Rate every element.

  • 14.

    Question: Does date/time/signature have to be documented to be rated as “met”? Answer: Yes

  • 15.

    Question: How does the PHNS randomly select records to evaluate? Answer: Some suggested methods are:

    • a.

      Evaluate the first medical records that cross the PHNS’ desk that meet the criteria.

    • b.

      Select medical records whose last name starts with the letters A-L for the first six months and then use the letters M-Z for the next six months.

    • c.

      Assign an odd or even number to closed cases or cases that meet the criteria for evaluation and then pick only odd or even records to evaluate.

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