Public Health Nursing Practice Manual
Standard of Practice
© 2007 LAC DPH-Public Health Nursing
Sexually Transmitted Disease
PHN Intervention – Health Teaching/Counseling:
Determine the client’s understanding of the disease, transmission, treatment, and prevention.
Educate client regarding the STD using culturally sensitive and age appropriate information (verbal and written).
Provide risk reduction education and impact on fetus, if applicable.
Suspected Child Abuse Cases:
Explain the importance of medical evaluation of household members to the parent(s)/guardian(s), as indicated.
Explain the involvement of law enforcement and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in cases of suspected child abuse, if appropriate, using professional judgment.
PHN Intervention – Case Finding:
Interview client for contact(s).
Initiate appropriate form(s). Document on contact form:
Date of initial contact
Potential for spread of disease and re-infection
Plan of action for case and susceptible contacts
Maintain a desk card on child abuse cases and those cases requiring more than one month of follow-up.