Report finds high job satisfaction among public health nurses, but many state health departments struggle to fill vacancies.
Public health nurses comprise the largest professional segment of the public health workforce. They play an essential role in improving the population’s health and delivering essential health services to communities but, until recently, little has been known about the size, preparation, and makeup of these nurses.
To better understand the characteristics of the public health nursing workforce, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) established the Future of Public Health Nursing initiative to identify and implement strategies to increase the skills and ability of public health nurses to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing health and health care environment.
The Initiative’s “Enumeration and Characterization of the Public Health Nurse Workforce” is the first comprehensive assessment of the public health nurse workforce. Conducted by the University of Michigan Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Studies, it offers a snapshot of the size, composition, educational background, experience, retirement intention, job function, and job satisfaction of RNs who work for state and local health departments.
The Faces of Public Health Nursing
Anneleen Severynen, a public health nurse in Washington state, writes about her work on a mobile medical unit that provides for the health care needs of homeless individuals.
RWJF Scholar treats the kind of people he grew up with: the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized.Read more
Paul Kuehnert, team director of Public Health at RWJF, discusses the findings of the Enumeration and Characterization of the Public Health Nurse Workforce.
In what many believe to be a first-of-its-kind program, Pima County (Arizona) libraries teamed up with the county Health Department to start a jointly-funded “library nurse program.”Read More
Executive Nurse Fellow Shirley Orr joins national effort to strengthen public health nursing at a time of challenge and opportunity.Read more
Executive Nurse Fellow Jerry Mansfield explains why the University Hospital and the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital do not have a BSN-only hi...
RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Jennifer Bellot writes about losing her grandmother to complications from a medical error.
Patrick M. Krueger recently co-authored a study that examines the characteristics and mortality risks of nondrinker subgroups to explain why...
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Some individuals get to optimize their health while others are denied such opportunities; inefficiencies, inequities, and persistent dispari...
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Janet Tomiyama was recently named the 2013 recipient of the Early Career Investigator Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine.
Recently, Nurse.com covered a new study conducted by Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN. Published in the September issue of...
Judith Halstead, president of the National League for Nursing, writes about the role of nursing education in realizing a transformed health ...
Around the country, print, broadcast, and online media outlets are covering the groundbreaking work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)...
Abigail Saguy, author of What's Wrong with Fat?, talks about how obesity came to be understood as a public health crisis.
As we pause to remember the rich contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we should also reflect on how his legacy can be used to elimi...