Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Vision of Public Health Nursing: APHA


Public Health Nursing leading the way in building healthy communities, achieving health equity and social justice, and improving quality of life for all communities" APHA PHN section.

What I like about the PHN Vision is that it describes us a leaders. We see that there is some kind of injustice between different groups (perhaps lack for services in rural areas versus urban, high rate of low birth weight babies among African-Americans versus Caucasians, etc), and we lead the way to making change so that everyone can benefit from a healthier community. While we do work with individuals, much of our work is done with larger populations and our focus can be broad like a certain state, city, zip code, or school or it can be more narrow like a family unit, a teen drop-in center, or foster children. Regardless of our population, we work to inform our governments and agencies of what our experiences are so that they can make changes in laws, policies, documents, and processes to improve health for everyone. We work within the local system to make changes that improve the delivery and measurement of healthcare. It is very exciting. The Graduate Education for Advanced Practice Public Health Nursing: At the CrossroadsPrepared by Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE):

"Advanced nursing practice. Advanced nursing practice includes assessment, planning,
intervention, and evaluation of the essential elements of nursing and public health within the
population health context. This advanced practice incorporates the scientific underpinnings for
nursing practice such as integrating nursing knowledge with other disciplinary knowledge,
resulting in clinical nursing scholarship that examines evidence for practice, predicts and
analyzes outcomes, and identifies gaps and opportunities to develop new knowledge, practice
guidelines, systems improvement, roles, and research... Task Force delineated 5 essential APPHN
characteristics: population-level health care, ecological view, assuming responsibility for health
outcomes for populations, partnership/collaboration using an interdisciplinary approach, and
leadership in practice...A population-focused approach may also include
high-risk populations such as homeless persons, smokers, sedentary persons, teen mothers,
and persons at risk of a specific disease or environmental exposures...The APPHN often
serves in a consultant role to policy makers and communities (ACHNE, 2003). Interventions performed by the APPHN, such as consultation, screening, outreach, surveillance, disease investigation, collaboration, coalition building, community organizing, advocacy, social marketing, or policy development, are considered independent under the authority of a state’s nurse practice act (Public Health Nursing Section, 2001)."

Exciting right?

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