Public Health Nursing Practice Manual
PHN Assessment of Populations-of-Interest
Each client and family encountered by the public health nurse at the individual and family level of practice should be offered a complete PHN Assessment using the PHN Assessment module in the Nursing Practice Management System (NPMS). Refer to the NPMS Manual and to pages E1-E5: Guidance for the Public Health Nursing Assessment for instructions on completing the assessment. By using data gathered in the assessment, the public health nurse will set health improvement goals with the client/family, direct the client/family to needed community resources, and evaluate the effectiveness of proposed health improvement interventions.
The public health nurse is likely to encounter certain populations-of-interest within the broader population including infants, children, adolescents, seniors and pregnant women among others. The PHN is encouraged to expand the assessment process to include areas of focus or concern for these populations.
This section includes topics for each population with suggestions to the public health nurse for expanded assessment. These suggestions are in addition to the guidance already given in instructions in the NPMS Manual and the section on Guidance for the Public Health Nursing Assessment (pp. E1–E5).
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