Public Health Nursing Practice Manual
Standard of Practice
The public health nurse collects comprehensive data pertinent to the health status of populations.
The most pertinent Healthy People 2010 Leading Health Indicators are:
Access to Health Care
Review referral documents when received from Public Health Nursing Supervisor (PHNS) and on the Nursing Practice Management System (NPMS). Document Date/Time/Signature on referral when received from PHNS.
Analyze report for:
Reason for referral:
Specimen was obtained too early
Specimen is inadequate
Specimen is missing
Reported as presumptive positive for referred condition
Infant’s name, date of birth and place of birth
Assess family/caregiver needs for further educational and resource information related to Newborn Screening.
Assess infant and household per PHN Assessment criteria.
Population Diagnosis and Priorities
The public health nurse analyzes the assessment data to determine the population diagnoses and priorities.
Analyze the collected assessment data to determine if there is an identified, actual or potential problem.
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Verify the medical diagnosis/concern and determine the priority of action.
Review Section/page D4 of the Public Health Nursing Practice Manual for priority per Maternal Child and Adolescent Health or determine priority in consultation with the PHNS as needed. Document priority selected.