A Public Health Nurse works with communities to address public health issues and provide care to the greater community. Nursing Jobs: Public Health Nurse are plenty. They usually work in public health departments, schools, businesses and correctional facilities. Their first platform is to educate the community about a broad range of health issues like; influenza, childhood illnesses, being overweight and sexually transmitted diseases. They may also visit the homes of children born with disabilities and help areas prepare and deal with natural disasters.
Assess the health needs of a community
Prepare health teaching materials according to needs
Home visits within the community to assess and teach
Care for children in schools i.e. school nurse
Run immunization clinics
Train, prepare for and handle natural disaster health needs
Graduate an accredited nursing program, Associate of Science Nursing or Bachelor of Science Nursing
Have an active RN license in your state
Work as a Registered Nurse for 500 hours in the Public Health System
Receive a passing score on the Public Health Nurse Exam
This field is expected to grow 23% between 2012 and 2022. They are supposed to add approximately 74,000 jobs in this field in this time period. There are employment opportunities in many settings within communities.
Pay for a Public Health Nurse averages about $88,580 per year or $42.59 per hour. This is usually for large community health departments, companies and government work. Public Health Nurses that work in schools make less, but reap the advantages of Monday through Friday daytime schedules and holidays off.
Average Pay $88,580
Education Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Public Health Certification