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Public Health Nursing Practice Manual

Standards of Public Health Nursing Practice

Assessment The public health nurse collects comprehensive data pertinent to the health status of populations. Population Diagnosis and Priorities

The public health nurse analyzes the assessment data to determine the population diagnoses and priorities.

Outcomes Identification

The public health nurse identifies expected outcomes for a plan that is based on population diagnoses and priorities.

Planning

The public health nurse develops a plan that reflects best practices by identifying strategies, action plans, and alternatives to attain expected outcomes.

Implementation The Public Health Nurse implements the identified plan by partnering with others.

  • Coordination: the public health nurse coordinates programs, services and other activities to implement the identified plan.

  • Health Education and Health Promotion: the public health nurse employs multiple strategies to promote health, prevent disease, and ensure a safe environment for populations.

  • Consultation: the public health nurse provides consultation to various community groups, and officials to facilitate the implementation of programs and services.

  • Regulatory Activities: the public health nurse identifies, interprets, and implements public health laws, regulations, and policies.

Evaluation The public health nurse evaluates the health status of the population. Source

American Nurses Association (2007). Public Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. Silver Spring, Maryland: American Nurses Association.

© 2007 LAC DPH - Public Health Nursing

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