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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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    Identifies the individual’s and organization’s responsibilities within the context of the Essential Public Health Services and core functions

  • 2.

    Defines, assesses, and understands the health status of populations, determinants of health and illness, factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, and factors influencing the use of health services

  • 3.

    Understands the historical development, structure, and interaction of public health and health

  • 4.

    Identifies and applies basic research methods used in public health

  • 5.

    Applies the basic public health sciences including behavioral and social sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental public health, and prevention of chronic and infectious diseases and injuries

  • 6.

    Identifies and retrieves current relevant scientific evidence

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    Identifies the limitations of research and the importance of observations and interrelationships

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    Attitudes: Develops a lifelong commitment to rigorous critical thinking

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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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