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Public Health Nursing Practice Manual

Sexually Transmitted Disease

Standard of Practice

Description

Assessment

The public health nurse collects comprehensive data pertinent to the health status of populations.

The most pertinent Healthy People 2010 Leading Health Indicators:

  • Responsible Sexual Behavior

  • Mental Health

  • Injury and Violence

  • Access to Health Care

Practice

  • 1.

    Review referral when received from Public Health Nursing Supervisor (PHNS) in Casewatch® and in the Nursing Practice Management System (NPMS). Document Date/Time/Signature on referral when received from PHNS.

  • 2.

    Analyze report for:

    • Type of disease

    • Site of infection

    • Laboratory data

    • Age of client (If case is under 14 years of age a child abuse report should be completed in accordance with the Child Sexual Assault Reporting requirements)

    • Specific treatment

  • 3.

    Conduct record search with STD program, if necessary.

  • 4.

    Assess case/contacts(s) 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.

1. Verify the medical diagnosis and determine priority of action:

  • Review Section/page D5 of the Public Health Nursing Practice Manual for the priority per the STD program or determine priority of action in collaboration with the PHNS as needed. Document priority selected.

  • 2.

    Consider the client’s/contacts’ need for nursing interventions based on the medical diagnosis.

  • 3.

    Consider the client’s/contacts’ need for nursing intervention to promote health, facilitate well being, foster healing, alleviate suffering, and improve quality of life.

© 2007 LAC DPH-Public Health Nursing

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