THE ROLE OF NURSING IN PUBLIC HEALTH. Sarah Coulter Danner MSN CPNP CNM Chairperson, Department of Nursing Oglala Lakota College. Definition of Public Health Nursing.
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Sarah Coulter Danner MSN CPNP CNM
Chairperson, Department of Nursing
Oglala Lakota College
Public health nurses integrate community involvement and knowledge of the entire population with the personal clinical understandings of health and illness gleaned from the experiences of individuals and families within the population.
The public health nurse can apply her knowledge of strategies to choose the intervention(s) that meets the needs of a particular community, family or individual
The nurse is the agent who translates and applies the knowledge of health and social sciences to individuals and population groups through specific interventions, programs and advocacy
He or she also articulates and translates health and illness experiences of diverse, often vulnerable, individuals and families to the health planners and policy makers
Even early on, the shortage of nurses affected the hiring of BSN or MSN prepared nurses. Public health departments could not compete with hospital systems.
Having said that, with the shortage of nurses continuing and getting worse over the next decade what can we do as nurse educators to ensure that some public health framework is included in curriculum at the Associate Degree level?
In a recent government funded study at the Harvard School of Publlic Health, Dr. Christopher Murray stated that the five counties with the lowest life expectancy were all in South Dakota and three of the counties make up the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Shannon, Bennett and Jackson Counties have a 66.6 year life expectancy. These are the counties that comprise Pine Ridge Indian reservation. Todd County part of Rosebud Indian reservation has the same life expectancy.
Even with the five counties with the lowest life expectancy in the US, South Dakota placed 18th in state ranking with a life expectancy of 77.7.
A brief introduction to statistics helps these students to interpret data that describes the incidence of Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, obesity, immune system disorders, cancer, suicide, depression and MVAs
10 hours- Case Study of elderly individual within the community- home or assisted living facility
In this course focusing on the wholistic health of children and their families, the students must, in pairs or small groups, prepare and present an educational session to parents or the targeted children concerning an area of risk to their health such as the prevention of tooth decay, promotion of self esteem, nutrition and activity, preventing STI’s, accidents in the home or car safety.