Public health nursing is a nursing field that combines the principles of nursing and public health. It focuses on improving the health of the population by emphasizing prevention and attending to multiple determinants of health. A public health nurse differs from other nurses in that at the same time they do not only care about a single patient. Instead, they focus on improving the health of the entire community or population. The purpose of public health nursing is to promote wellness and prevent illness. PHN focuses on the health of entire populations or communities.
Some common public health nurse roles include:
• Plan and conduct health awareness programs and campaigns
• Conducting disease prevention programs
• Monitoring community health and disease trends and identifying problem areas
• Provide education to the public to improve the health of at-risk groups
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