A Public Health Nurse works within the community to improve the overall health of the area. Their most common places of employment include county or state departments of health or public health departments, correctional facilities, occupational health facilities, businesses, and schools. They put together plans that alleviate or eliminate health or safety issues in a community, issues like immunizations, STDs, and obesity. They also help communities prepare for natural disasters and assist in disaster relief efforts.
Things You'll Do:
- Work in public health clinics
- Work with youth in your community
- Educate the community
Your job characteristics:
Get YourNursing Diploma, Associate of Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Pass YourNational Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
More about becoming an RN ›
Work as a Registered Nurse for 500 hours in public health.
Pass YourCommunity/Public Health Nursing certification exam (voluntary)
Become aPublic Health Nurse
I always knew that I wanted to be a nurse. I thought I wanted to be a bedside pediatric nurse, however I found that what I really loved...
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Become an Advocate
Attending events and getting involved with the Campaign for Nursing’s Future helps fight the nursing shortage.
- Community clinics
- Outpatient clinics
How Much You
an average salary of$40K - $55Kfind salary by state
What Else You
- You’ll give presentations at senior living facilities, schools, community centers, and health clinics.