Friday, June 1st, 2012

How to Become a Public Health Nurse

Here is more information on how to become a public health nurse.

Public health nurses attempt to encourage health and wellness of people. They work to counteract, handle and, even possibly, eliminate the spreading of infections and diseases, along with developmental problems in newborns and children. Their goal is to increase people’s lives by defending them from health risks and problems. Public health nurses are appreciated for making the efforts to improve public health.

Your day-to-day tasks will include:

  • Identify health needs in their community and create and facilitate programs.
  • Organize clinics and provide education on parenting, health care, nutrition, prenatal care, safety, breast feeding, communicable diseases and substance abuse.
  • Do telephone consultations.
  • Investigate and monitor reports of communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and measles and coordinate efforts with physicians, schools and others regarding spread and treatment of disease.
  • Review documentation in charts periodically to ensure compliance with federal and state rules and regulations.
  • Ensure that clinical documentation regarding clients is kept secure and confidential.

    What do I need to start with:

    Nurses are usually drawn to their profession because of a pre-existing caring nature. They enjoy helping people and looking after them. You should also be hardworking and able to work in a high stress/ high pressure environment.

    What do I need to study?

    You can study at:

    What else do I need?

    The Canadian Nurses Association offers certification in public health areas. The certification authorization is part of an accredited national certification program. Certification was made available to the Canadian community health nurses in the year 2006.

    Where are the jobs?

    Public health nurses can find fulltime careers nearly anywhere in Canada. You shouldn’t have to travel too far from home. However, if you do move to a high demand area, you can expect a very high salary.

    Ryan Leclaire
    Author: Ryan Leclaire
    Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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