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Public Health Nursing Practice Manual

Standard of Practice

Planning (Cont.)

© 2007 LAC DPH-Public Health Nursing

Sexually Transmitted Disease

Description

Practice

  • 2.

    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.

  • 3.

    PHN Intervention – Case Finding:

    • Interview client for contact(s).

    • Initiate appropriate form(s). Document on contact form:

      • o

        Date of initial contact

        • o

          Epidemiological data

        • o

          Potential for spread of disease and re-infection

        • o

          Education/counseling provided

        • o

          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.

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