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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.
    More about becoming an RN ›
  • There is no longer a voluntary certification exam for public health nursing, but if so inspired, one could become an Advanced Public Health Nurse if you...
  • Get Your
    graduate degree (master's, post-graduate or doctorate) in Nursing or your BSN in Nursing and your graduate degree (master's, post-graduate or doctorate) in Public Health
  • Work as a Registered Nurse for 2,000 hours in public health.
  • Pass Your
    Advanced Public Health Nursing certification by portfolio
  • 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.

  • Become an Advocate

    Attending events and getting involved with the Campaign for Nursing’s Future helps fight the nursing shortage.

    Learn more
  • Meet
    Ed

    A Visiting
    Nurse and
    former
    NYC fireman

    see his story
  • Meet
    Christine

    Telemetry Nurse

    The career path of a nurse is so diverse! I actually fell into nursing because I wanted to combine my interest in biology and psychology...

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