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.
Question: Is it necessary to have the priority # documented? Answer: Yes
Question: Does the priority # have to be documented if the investigation/follow- up was initiated in the priority period? Answer: Yes
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.
Question: Does date/time/signature have to be documented to be rated as “met”? Answer: Yes
Question: How does the PHNS randomly select records to evaluate? Answer: Some suggested methods are:
Evaluate the first medical records that cross the PHNS’ desk that meet the criteria.
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.
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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