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Public Health Nursing Practice Manual

Acute Communicable Disease: Individual

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.

Standard of Practice

Implementation

Description

Practice

  • 1.

    PHN interventions are implemented as stated in the plan:

    • Disease and Health Event Investigation

    • Health Teaching/Counseling

    • Referral and Follow-up

    • Surveillance

    • Other interventions as needed

2. Document all consultations, collaborations, interventions and client/caretaker encounters on the epidemiological form(s), and/or progress notes/NPMS.

Evaluation

  • Regulatory Activities – The public health nurse identifies, interprets, and implements public health laws, regulations, and policies.

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

The PHN examines the effectiveness of the interventions, including the need for modification of the interventions in relation to outcomes.

  • 1.

    Evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions on the health of the client/contact(s); e.g. document client understands disease process and prevention of transmission:

  • 2.

    Determine and document action for non-adherent client/contact(s).

  • Consult with PHNS.

© 2007 LAC DPH-Public Health Nursing

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