Public Health Nurse Career Guide

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A Public Health Registered Nurse (RN) plays a crucial role in promoting and protecting the health of communities and populations. These dedicated professionals focus on preventive healthcare measures, health education, disease prevention and population-based interventions.

Essential Job Functions:

Public Health RNs work in various settings, including government agencies, community health centers, non-profit organizations and educational institutions. They assess the health


To become a Public Health RN, individuals need to complete a nursing education program and obtain an RN license. This typically involves earning an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited institution.

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Related certifications

While specific requirements vary, Public Health RNs often benefit from additional education or certification in public health. Relevant experience in community health or public health settings can also enhance qualifications.

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
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Public Health RNs require a blend of clinical skills and public health knowledge. They need to excel in health promotion, disease prevention, data collection and analysis, community outreach, cultural competence and health communication.

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Public Health RNs engage in health assessments, develop and implement health programs, conduct screenings and vaccinations, provide health education, collaborate with community organizations, gather health data and participate in disease surveillance.

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The average salary for a Public Health Nurse is $2,843.00 per week.

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Pros & Cons

Becoming a Public Health RN offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the well-being of entire communities and populations. These nurses play a vital role in preventing diseases, promoting healthy behaviors and addressing health disparities.

On the positive side, this role allows for a diverse and dynamic work environment, opportunities for community engagement and the potential to make a lasting impact

Public Health Nurse Jobs

View job details for Baltimore County, MDStaff PositionBaltimore County, MDRegistered Nurse (RN) - Public HealthTowson, MD
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View job details for El Paso County, COStaff PositionEl Paso County, CORegistered Nurse (RN) - Public HealthColorado Springs, CO
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View job details for Big Spring State HospitalStaff PositionBig Spring State HospitalRegistered Nurse (RN) - Public HealthBig Spring, TX
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View job details for County of FairfaxStaff PositionCounty of FairfaxRegistered Nurse (RN) - Public HealthFairfax, VA
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