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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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Knowledge

Awareness

Proficiency

Proficiency

Awareness

Awareness

Proficiency

Proficiency

Knowledge

Knowledge

Proficiency

Proficiency

Awareness

Awareness

Proficiency

Proficiency

Awareness

Awareness

Proficiency

Proficiency

Knowledge

Awareness

Proficiency

Proficiency

Knowledge Knowledge

Awareness Awareness

Proficiency Proficiency

Proficiency Proficiency

N/A (see Note 1) Knowledge Knowledge

Awareness

N/A (see Note 1) Proficiency Proficiency

Proficiency

Knowledge Knowledge

Proficiency Proficiency

      • 1.

        Collects, summarizes, and interprets information relevant to an issue

      • 2.

        States policy options and writes clear and concise policy statements

      • 3.

        Identifies, interprets, and implements public health laws, regulations, and policies related to specific programs

      • 4.

        Articulates the health, fiscal, administrative, legal, social, and political implications of each policy option

      • 5.

        States the feasibility and expected outcomes of each policy option

      • 6.

        Utilizes current techniques in decision analysis and health planning

      • 7.

        Decides on the appropriate course of action

      • 8.

        Develops a plan to implement policy, including goals, outcome and process objectives, and implementation steps

      • 9.

        Translates policy into organizational plans, structures, and programs

  • 10.

    Prepares and implements emergency response plans

  • 11.

    Develops mechanisms to monitor and evaluate programs for their effectiveness and quality 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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