Public Health Nurse - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Public Health Nurse (PHN)

Jump to:

Job Description

 

Public health nurses are responsible for helping to manage and improve the health not just of single individuals, but of whole communities and populations.

They interact directly with communities, helping to build healthier lifestyles and environments that make people healthier overall and prevent diseases and medical problems before they occur.

They help boost access to care, educate people on improving their health and safety, and serve as a go-between with government health organizations to help communities.

Public health nurses also offer care and health services to people who have difficulty accessing them, in addition to their vital education activities.

They carry out screening and preventive care in the community environment rather than in the hospital and may aid in setting up vaccination clinics or temporary clinics in low-income areas.

.

Responsibilities

 

Besides developing public health programs like vaccination and screening, public health nurses monitor health trends and identify potential problems in a population.

They provide information, advice, and data on where to seek care to people, and serve as advocates working to improve community health services provided by the government.

Public health nurses spend considerable time educating the public in useful health knowledge, including how to care for sick or disabled relatives, how to prevent or quickly detect diseases, provide actionable safety demonstrations, and provide useful advice on healthier nutrition.

This empowers people to take better care of their health and live healthier lives with higher quality of life.

Public health nurses often work in rural or low-income communities to provide childhood immunization, offer other health services, and inform older people on good methods for increasing their health and safety.

They also remain alert for signs of community health problems developing and alert other professionals if additional aid is needed.

.

Skills

 

They must possess excellent communication skills to teach people in clear, easy to understand language how to achieve a healthier lifestyle or administer care to one another.

The ability to meet various cultures and handle interactions with them sensitively is indispensable since they interact with people from all walks of life.

They need to be good listeners, know how to prepare and organize programs and plans for community health improvement, and manage very limited resources to achieve positive health outcomes for the community.

Dedication and hard work are both musts because it is a demanding job and requires a ton of travel and field work.

.

Working Conditions

 

These professionals often work for community health organizations, government organizations at the local, state, or federal level, or nonprofit organizations. 

Public health nurses carry out extensive field work and spend a large amount of time in the community rather than an office setting, often engaging in significant travel to reach places their service is needed.

They may work alone or as part of a team, and are in frequent contact with diverse people. 

.

Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
06.23.2017
- Dispatcher II (Part Time) - UC Health Business Center - Public Safety (040995) Job Description Dispatcher II (Part Time) - UC Health Business Center - Public Safety(Job Number: 040995) Description Dispatcher UC Health Business Center...
06.17.2017
Boston Medical Center (BMC) is more than a hospital. Its a network of support and care that touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need each year. It is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New...
06.23.2017
The Public Safety Officer Unarmed protects personnel and property within the INTEGRIS Health buildings and on all contiguous grounds. The Public Safety Officer Unarmed prevents criminal, destructive, or disruptive activity or corrects hazardous...
06.05.2017
Unit Description Care Site Description St. Vincent Healthcare is part of SCL Health System, a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization.   Interested in making a difference? Then check us out. Our rich heritage and mission, and...
05.30.2017
The Director of PR & Marketing plans, implements and administers strategies and services designed to increase awareness, promotion, preference, and market share of Nash Health Care Systems. The person in this role will encourage and manage...
06.23.2017
Public Safety Officer - Hospital Security (1685505) Job Description Public Safety Officer - Hospital Security-1685505 Description Under the direction of the Public Safety Supervisor or designee and the general supervision of the Safety...
06.17.2017
Boston Medical Center (BMC) is more than a hospital. Its a network of support and care that touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need each year. It is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New...
05.19.2017
Position Summary: Serves on the UF Health Communication division's Strategic Communications Team; also assists the Marketing Team and Public Affairs Team. Provides communications support by writing, editing and maintaining content for multimedia...
06.23.2017
***Will follow Roanoke City Public School Calendar*** Float position - 32 hrs. a week for 42 weeks a year, times vary Position begins August 10, 2017 Supports Carilion's hallmarks of service excellence and quality for all job...
01.31.2017
Position Summary: Provides specialized services in the area of mental health ; does related work as required. Supports the mission of TCHC while maintaining patient confidentiality and privacy compliance. Accepts patient safety as a key area...
06.23.2017
Work where you make a difference! If youre looking for a place where you can grow in your personal life, in your career, and in your community, St. Lukes may be just the place for you. A strong, talented staff is at the heart of St. Lukes...
02.01.2017
Provides Behavioral health nursing assessments in the Emergency Department. Coordinates patient admissions and bed placement on the Behavioral Medicine Unit. The Crisis Nurse reports to the Director of Mental Health. This role is new to the...
05.16.2017
Founded in 1987, Partners In Home Care is passionately committed to assisting clients and families in achieving optimal health, independence, and comfort through high-quality, cost-effective home and community health-related services. We are...
06.23.2017
This provider will join an employed group of over 900 providers in Indianapolis, IN. Highlights Community Health Network is seeking a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist with prescriptive authority (or eligible for...
01.09.2017
Collaborates with the health care team using evidence based practice, demonstrating accountability, respect for patients, families and coworkers, while providing safe and optimal patient outcomes. Promotes continuity of care by communicating...
  1. Dispatcher II (Part Time) - UC Health Business Center - Public Safety Cincinnati, OH UC Health
    - Dispatcher II (Part Time) - UC Health Business Center - Public Safety (040995) Job Description Dispatcher II (Part Time) - UC Health Business Center - Public Safety(Job Number: 040995) Description Dispatcher UC Health Business Center...
  2. Public Health Benefits Navigator - Infectious Disease - (FT, 40 hrs, Days) Boston, MA Boston Medical Center
    Boston Medical Center (BMC) is more than a hospital. Its a network of support and care that touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need each year. It is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New...
  3. Public Safety Officer Unarmed Oklahoma City, OK INTEGRIS Health
    The Public Safety Officer Unarmed protects personnel and property within the INTEGRIS Health buildings and on all contiguous grounds. The Public Safety Officer Unarmed prevents criminal, destructive, or disruptive activity or corrects hazardous...
  4. Public Safety Officer Billings, MT St Vincent - SCL Health
    Unit Description Care Site Description St. Vincent Healthcare is part of SCL Health System, a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization.   Interested in making a difference? Then check us out. Our rich heritage and mission, and...
  5. Director of Public Relations & Marketing Rocky Mount, NC Nash Health Care Systems
    The Director of PR & Marketing plans, implements and administers strategies and services designed to increase awareness, promotion, preference, and market share of Nash Health Care Systems. The person in this role will encourage and manage...
  6. Public Safety Officer - Hospital Security St Petersburg, FL Bayfront Health St Petersburg
    Public Safety Officer - Hospital Security (1685505) Job Description Public Safety Officer - Hospital Security-1685505 Description Under the direction of the Public Safety Supervisor or designee and the general supervision of the Safety...
  7. Public Health Navigator - Hep C/Infectious Disease - (FT, 40 hrs, Days) Boston, MA Boston Medical Center
    Boston Medical Center (BMC) is more than a hospital. Its a network of support and care that touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need each year. It is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New...
  8. Intern ***This is a PRN position*** Communications & Public Affair - Gainesville Gainesville, FL UF Health Shands Hospital
    Position Summary: Serves on the UF Health Communication division's Strategic Communications Team; also assists the Marketing Team and Public Affairs Team. Provides communications support by writing, editing and maintaining content for multimedia...
  9. SCHOOL HEALTH NURSE Roanoke, VA Carilion Clinic
    ***Will follow Roanoke City Public School Calendar*** Float position - 32 hrs. a week for 42 weeks a year, times vary Position begins August 10, 2017 Supports Carilion's hallmarks of service excellence and quality for all job...
  10. Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Wadena, MN Tri-County Health Care
    Position Summary: Provides specialized services in the area of mental health ; does related work as required. Supports the mission of TCHC while maintaining patient confidentiality and privacy compliance. Accepts patient safety as a key area...
  11. Registered Nurse - Employee Health Boise, ID St. Luke's Health System
    Work where you make a difference! If youre looking for a place where you can grow in your personal life, in your career, and in your community, St. Lukes may be just the place for you. A strong, talented staff is at the heart of St. Lukes...
  12. Mental Health Crisis Nurse Carroll, IA St. Anthony Regional Hospital & Nursing Home
    Provides Behavioral health nursing assessments in the Emergency Department. Coordinates patient admissions and bed placement on the Behavioral Medicine Unit. The Crisis Nurse reports to the Director of Mental Health. This role is new to the...
  13. Registered Nurse Home Health Missoula, MT Partners In Home Care
    Founded in 1987, Partners In Home Care is passionately committed to assisting clients and families in achieving optimal health, independence, and comfort through high-quality, cost-effective home and community health-related services. We are...
  14. Nurse Practitioner - Behavioral Health Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    This provider will join an employed group of over 900 providers in Indianapolis, IN. Highlights Community Health Network is seeking a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist with prescriptive authority (or eligible for...
  15. Occupational Health Nurse Pella, IA Pella Regional Health Center
    Collaborates with the health care team using evidence based practice, demonstrating accountability, respect for patients, families and coworkers, while providing safe and optimal patient outcomes. Promotes continuity of care by communicating...