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Make Life Better Be a Public Health Nurse What Is Public Health Nursing? 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,

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Make Life Better

Be a Public Health Nurse



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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


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Most Nurses Impact the Health of Individuals One at a Time Protecting the Health of Populations Using Knowledge From Nursing, Social, and Public Health Sciences.

Public Health Nurses Impact the Health of Entire Communities


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What Do Public Health Nurses Do? Protecting the Health of Populations Using Knowledge From Nursing, Social, and Public Health Sciences.


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Public Health Nurses… Protecting the Health of Populations Using Knowledge From Nursing, Social, and Public Health Sciences.

  • 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


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Public Health Nurses… Protecting the Health of Populations Using Knowledge From Nursing, Social, and Public Health Sciences.

  • Track occurring communicable disease and help people get treatment

  • Organize health fairs and preventative health screening


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Public Health Nurses… Protecting the Health of Populations Using Knowledge From Nursing, Social, and Public Health Sciences.

  • 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


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Public Health Nurses… Protecting the Health of Populations Using Knowledge From Nursing, Social, and Public Health Sciences.

  • Collaborate with advisory boards and

    coalitions to promote health

  • Participate in monitoring health care institutions to assure quality care is provided


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Public Health Nurses… Protecting the Health of Populations Using Knowledge From Nursing, Social, and Public Health Sciences.

  • Link people to community programs and services

  • Advocate for people who need assistance

  • Participate in developing policies and quality assurance activities


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Public Health Nurses… Protecting the Health of Populations Using Knowledge From Nursing, Social, and Public Health Sciences.

  • Work with business and industry

    to help their employees be healthier

  • Assist individuals with special needs such as the elderly, disabled and children.


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Where Do Public Health Nurses Work? Protecting the Health of Populations Using Knowledge From Nursing, Social, and Public Health Sciences.


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Public Health Nurses are Employed by: Protecting the Health of Populations Using Knowledge From Nursing, Social, and Public Health Sciences.

The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (MDHSS) and City or County Agencies in the Community.



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Contact --- Nurse?

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



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