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What is Community & Public Health Nursing

The Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association says
this about public health nursing:

“Public health nurses integrate community involvement and knowledge about the entire population with personal, clinical understandings of the health and illness experiences of individuals and families within the population. They translate and articulate the health and illness experiences of diverse, often vulnerable individuals and families in the population to health planners and policy makers, and assist members of the community to voice their problems and aspirations. Public health nurses are knowledgeable about multiple strategies for intervention, from those applicable to the entire population, to those for the family, and the individual. Public health nurses translate knowledge from the health and social sciences to individuals and population groups through targeted interventions, programs, and advocacy”

Before you Begin

Stop!  Before you dive into your project, ask the following questions:

  1. What am I looking for?  facts & figures?  articles? guidelines? 
  2. Who else is interested in this information?   governments? associations? fellow nurses?
  3. Where are they likely to post their info?  public website? journal article? conference paper?

Answering the above will save you time in the long run & cut your stress!

  1. Facts & figures (i.e. statistics) are often collected by governments & associations and are often posted on their websites
  2. Articles are usually written by colleagues and published in journals or presented at conferences
  3. Guidelines are usually written up for an institution & many are posted at the National Guideline Clearinghouse

Having trouble tracking down info or keeping this all straight?  Call me & ask!  608-263-9332   If I am not in, Email me your question!


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Mary Hitchcock
Ebling Library, Room 2339
Health Sciences Learning Center
(608) 263-9332
mary.hitchcock at

Nursing Call Numbers

Ebling Library arranges its books on nursing using the following call number structure:

WY   Nursing

WY 106 - 108   Public Health Nursing

WY 113   School Nursing

WY 115   Home Health Care