Public Health Nursing Careers
Public Health Nurse: Public Health Nurses provide a range of health care services to the community. Public Health Nurses are usually based in community health centers and are assigned to cover specific geographical areas.
The main duties of Public Health Nurses include:
- Providing education and health care to schools.
- Travelling to patients homes to administer medications and health checks.
- Working in health centers, patients homes and other community centers.
- Providing support to terminally ill patients and their families.
- Accessing other community care services for patients.
- Working closely with family doctors, hospitals and hospices to ensure the needs of the patient are met.
- Visiting patients in their homes after they are discharged from hospital.
- Educating patients on managing their illnesses or injuries.
- Providing support to families with new born babies.
Where they work: Public health nurses are assigned to cover a specific geographical area. They travel to patients’ homes, schools, community centers, and other healthcare facilities within this area. Public health nurses can work in public health departments, home health agencies, and ambulatory care clinics.
Qualifications: Certification is provided by The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). To become certified as a Public/Community Health Nurse you must be a qualified registered nurse with a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience.
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Below is a list of some of the various types of medical nurses / assistant nurses: