Public Health Nurse

Public health nurses (PHN) comprise the largest group (22%) of public health professionals in New York's local health departments. Public health nurses work with individuals, groups, families and populations to improve the overall health of communities. They help plan and implement public health programs, provide instruction to individuals, families and other groups regarding health issues, arrange for immunizations and health screening, and are involved in helping to contain the spread of disease in communities. A national survey conducted by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) indicates that the supply of public health nurses is declining and employment trends indicate that the decrease will continue.


Public Health Nurses are required to have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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