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Public Health Nursing Practice Manual

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING COMPETENCIES – Finalized 04/03

Source of competencies: Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals A Project of the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration

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    • 1.

      Defines a problem

    • 2.

      Determines appropriate uses and limitations of both quantitative and qualitative data

    • 3.

      Selects and defines variables relevant to defined public health problems

    • 4.

      Identifies relevant and appropriate data and information sources

    • 5.

      Evaluates the integrity and comparability of data and identifies gaps in data sources

    • 6.

      Applies ethical principles to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data and information

    • 7.

      Partners with communities to attach meaning to collected quantitative and qualitative data

    • 8.

      Makes relevant inferences from quantitative and qualitative data

    • 9.

      Obtains and interprets information regarding risks and benefits to the community

  • 10.

    Applies data collection processes, information technology applications, and computer systems storage/retrieval strategies

  • 11.

    Recognizes how the data illuminates ethical, political,

N/A

Knowledge

N/A

Proficiency

(see Note 1)

(see Note 1)

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scientific, economic, and overall public health issues efinitions

  • wareness: Basic level of mastery of the competency. Individuals may be able to identify the concept or skill but have limited ability to perform the skill.

  • nowledge: Intermediate level of mastery of the competency. Individuals are able to apply and describe the skill.

  • Proficiency: Advanced level of mastery of the competency. Individuals are able to synthesize, critique or teach the skill.

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