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Public Health Nursing Practice Manual

Los Angeles County Public Health Nursing Vision and Mission


Public Health Nursing—Working Together to Assure Healthy People in Healthy Communities


Public Health Nursing improves the well being of communities by promoting health and preventing disease, disability and premature death among all residents of Los Angeles County. Public Health Nursing improves the quality of neighborhood life by working in partnership with community residents to create the conditions that ensure healthy lives.

Public Health Nursing

  • Assesses and monitors the health status of the population using the health indicators from Healthy People 2010 and local indicators.

  • Defines goals and objectives using the core public health functions and the ten essential public health services.

  • Responds to the health needs of the population from either an individual/family- focused, community-focused, and/or systems-focused population-based practice.

  • Utilizes the nursing process to promote and encourage healthy behaviors.

  • Emphasizes primary prevention.

  • Implements action in a collaborative and transdisciplinary approach with colleagues in the public and private sector so as to maximize the efficient and effective use of resources.

  • Maximizes every contact with the residents of Los Angeles County so as to prevent missed opportunities for health promotion.

  • Conducts/participates in research for new insights and innovative solutions to clinical practice and quality of services.

  • Applies ethical principles to guide public health nursing practice.

Public Health Nursing Services/Activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sharing the analysis of the practice data in a transdisciplinary health team environment.

  • Engaging in collaborative relationships with community based agencies and/or specific populations to develop public policy and target disease prevention activities.

  • Analyzing data collected from practice and evaluating health trends, services and risk factors to determine priorities for planning outcomes and determining intervention or action.

  • Serving as public health team leader in emergency preparedness and response situations.

  • Coordinating programs, services, and other activities to achieve established objectives.

  • Providing consultation to community groups, health professionals and agencies to facilitate the implementation of programs and services.

© 2007 LAC DPH - Public Health Nursing


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