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Public Health Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

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:

  • Multifaceted
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • Work as a Registered Nurse for 500 hours in public health.
  • Pass Your
    Community/Public Health Nursing certification exam (voluntary)
  • Become a
    Public Health Nurse

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Community clinics
    • Schools
    • Outpatient clinics

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $40K - $55K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • You’ll give presentations at senior living facilities, schools, community centers, and health clinics.

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