Make Life Better Be a Public Health Nurse
Public Health Nursing Is the Practice of Promoting and Protecting the Health of Populations Using Knowledge From Nursing, Social, and Public Health Sciences. American Public Health Association, Public Health Nursing Section, 1996
Most Nurses Impact the Health of Individuals One at a Time Public Health Nurses Impact the Health of Entire Communities
Public Health Nurses Work in numerous locations in thecommunity • Their work is varied, flexible and autonomous
Public Health Nurses… • Respond to emergencies including infectious diseases and natural/man-made disasters • Provide preventative health services to reduce the rate of disease • Teach groups of people about how they can be healthy
Public Health Nurses… • Track occurring communicable disease and help people get treatment • Organize health fairs and preventative health screening
Public Health Nurses… • Work with schools regarding health and development of students • Educate the community about environmental issues such as food safety, lead, and clean air and water
Public Health Nurses… • Collaborate with advisory boards and coalitions to promote health • Participate in monitoring health care institutions to assure quality care is provided
Public Health Nurses… • Link people to community programs and services • Advocate for people who need assistance • Participate in developing policies and quality assurance activities
Public Health Nurses… • Work with business and industry to help their employees be healthier • Assist individuals with special needs such as the elderly, disabled and children.
Public Health Nurses are Employed by: The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (MDHSS) and City or County Agencies in the Community.
Contact --- The Department of Health & Senior Services at www.dhss.mo.gov or call 573-751-6170 Or The Local Public Health Department in Your Community