Full Course: Sept 11 – Oct 18, 2018
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Principles and Practices of Public Health Nursing

This course is for registered nurses working in public health departments to address core public health nursing functions. This blended learning course includes two prerequisite online modules, required reading, a two-and-a-half-day in-person session (October 2-4, 2018) in Chapel Hill, N.C., and completion of a final exam.

The prerequisite modules 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 in-person 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 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 ERRN courses for nurses who do not have a BSN.

Course Providers

This course is offered in collaboration by:

  • Public Health Nursing and Professional Development Unit, North Carolina Division of Public Health, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services
  • The North Carolina Institute for Public Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Course Prerequisites

The Principles and Practices of Public Health Nursing Course is an intensive course requiring extensive pre-class preparation including reading and pre-requisite training modules that must be completed at the home agency prior to the in-person training. Course reading and prerequisite work may take up to 40 hours to complete.

Online Training Component

In addition to the required reading, participants ARE REQUIRED to complete two online modules as part of the Principles and Practices of Public Health Nursing Course. These online modules have separate registration systems, are free of charge and award certificates upon completion. The online modules will require approximately eight to ten hours to complete and must be done prior to the start of the in-person session in Chapel Hill.

Registered course participants will receive a link to access the courses in their registration confirmation. Each course module awards certificates that participants must upload to the Sakai learning platform (instruction will be provided) prior to participants arriving in Chapel Hill. Without completing and uploading all 17 certificates, participants will not be allowed to attend the class.

Course Schedule

This course will be made available to registered participants September 11, 2018 and will close October 18, 2018. On September 11, 2018, participants will be able to log into the online classroom, download reading assignments and work on the online prerequisite modules. Completing the online modules and readings may take up to 40 hours. Participants will meet in person for two-and -a-half days of didactic course training. Following the onsite portion of the course, participants will have two weeks to review course materials and complete their final exam. The final exam must be completed by 5 p.m. October 18, 2018. The final exam will be administered electronically and will include content from both the prerequisite online and on-site modules. It will emphasize 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.

Required Textbook and Reading

A ninth edition of the course text was published in 2015. Participants are required to have a copy of the Stanhope and Lancaster, Public Health Nursing: Population-Centered Health Care in the Community to fulfill course requirements. Agencies should provide course participants a copy of the ninth edition to complete their coursework. Please note that if you do not have access to a copy of the ninth edition you can purchase a copy from any major bookstore including Amazon or the UNC Chapel Hill Health Affairs Bookstore (phone 919-966-2208).

Reading assignments will be made available to course registrants when the course opens on September 11, 2018. In addition to required reading from the text, reading assignments will include sources from the internet and local health department publications.

Continuing Nursing Education/Contact Hours

25.75 CNE contact hours will be provided through the Public Health Nursing and Professional Development Unit (PHNPDU) in the North Carolina Division of Public Health.

The Public Health Nursing and Professional Development Unit (PHNPDU), North Carolina Division of Public Health, is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Special Note: Nurse Licensees are required to attest to having completed one of several learning activity options during the preceding license renewal cycle and be prepared to submit evidence of completion if requested by the Board. Most of the learning activity options include continuing education activities related to the nurse’s practice. The Public Health and Professional Development Unit qualifies as an acceptable provider of continuing education as defined by the Board of Nursing for the Continuing Competence process.

Attendees must complete all prerequisite work and reading, attend the full in-person program, pass a final exam and complete the participant evaluation in order to receive CNE contact hours. No partial credit will be awarded.

Accommodations for On-site Session

The training will be held at Hampton Inn & Suites, 370 E. Main Street, #100, Carrboro, North Carolina. A block of rooms will be available at the Hampton Inn & Suites as well as the Holiday Inn Express at 6119 Farrington Rd in Chapel Hill. Additional information will be available on the registration page.

Registration Information

Course Fee: $200

Payments can be made by check, MasterCard or Visa. Please make checks payable to UNC-Chapel Hill and send to: NCIPH, Attn: Registrar, Campus Box 8165, Chapel Hill NC 27599.

Registration Deadline

Registration and payment deadline is August 28, 2018. All registration fees must be received or postmarked no later than August 28, 2018, or your registration will be CANCELED.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

If you find that you cannot attend this course you must cancel no later than August 28, 2018. Any cancellation received after August 28, 2018, will be charged the full registration fee. Substitutions from the same organization are allowed at any time with prior notification to deanna_hedgepeth@unc.edu.

Important Registration Note:

Registration information must be entered for the person who will be attending the course. If you are registering on behalf of someone else do not use your information to hold a registration spot. The system uses the email address as the unique identifier for the person’s record within the system. If the information is not specific to the person attending the course it could cause issues if they ever need to provide proof of having completed the course. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Program Manager listed on the Contact Us section of the website.