Principles and Practices of Public Health Nursing
Next offering: Spring 2018
This training is for registered nurses working in North Carolina public health departments to address core public health nursing functions. This blended learning course includes two prerequisite online trainings and a two-and-a-half-day on-site session in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The prerequisite trainings will familiarize participants with the practice, issues and challenges of public health in N.C. and review basic epidemiological concepts important to the practice of public health. The on-site session emphasizes a synthesis of nursing practice and public health. Nursing services directed to individuals, families and groups will be presented in the context of improving the health of the populations.
Who should take this course?
The target audience is registered nurses working in N.C. local health departments, particularly those who do not have a BSN degree. Successful completion of this course is a legal requirement for all public health nurses who do not have a BSN during their first year of employment with a local health department. Ideal timing is after the first six months of employment, but the course must be completed within the first year of public health practice. Nurses with a BSN degree are also welcome to enroll in the course. Many find it a useful resource in acclimating to the public health environment. The course is a prerequisite for the Physical Assessment of Adults and Child Health Training Enhanced Role Registered Nurse courses for nurses who do not have a BSN.
This course is offered in collaboration by:
- Public Health Nursing and Professional Development Unit, North Carolina Division of Public Health, N.C. DHHS
- The North Carolina Institute for Public Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Participants are required to have a copy of Public Health Nursing: Population-Centered Health Care in the Community, by Stanhope and Lancaster. A 9th edition of the text was published in 2015. Agencies should provide course participants a copy of the 9th edition to complete their coursework. Please note that if you do not have access to a copy, you can purchase one from any major bookstore including Amazon or the UNC-CH Health Affairs Bookstore (phone 919-966-2208).
Continuing Education/Contact Hours
This course typically offers continuing education credit for participants.
The registration fee for this course is $200.