4227.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 - 2:50 PM

Abstract #15076

Evidence-based public health nursing interventions

Susan Strohschein, MS, BSN, Linda Olson Keller, MS, BSN, CS, and Laurel Briske, RN, MA, CPNA. Section of Public Health Nursing, Minnesota Department of Health, Metro Square Building, P.O. Box 64975, St. Paul, MN 55164, 651-296-9581, sue.strohschein@health.state.mn.us

The Section of Public Health Nursing at the Minnesota Department of Health was awarded a Division of Nursing Special Nursing Project grant to prepare public health nurses for population-based practice. Part of this grant effort was to develop best practice guidelines as applied to the public health nursing intervention model presented at APHA in 1997. This model identifies 17 interventions of public health nursing (advocacy; social marketing; policy development & enforcement; surveillance; disease & health event investigation; screening; outreach; case finding; referral and follow-up; case management; delegated functions; health teaching; counseling; consultation; collaboration; community organizing; coalition building) originally developed through an empirical process utilizing practicing PHNs and practice experts. Each of the interventions have been subjected to a review of the evidence in the literature coupled with an analysis and reconsideration by panels of expert practitioners and academicians from five states. The refined interventions are being piloted in a continuing education program with 150 PHNs from 5 states. In addition, they are being reviewed for face validity by a national panel of expert practitioners and academicians. The culmination of this work will be the basis of three national PHN satellite programs to be presented in fall of 2000. This session will present the finalized intervention document, which includes a refined definition, an outline of the "fundamental process", the best practices as recommended in the literature and by the expert panels, and examples of best practices for each of the three practice foci (community, systems, and individual/family).

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant in this session will be able to:

  1. Identify the seventeen PHN interventions, their definitions, fundamental processes, and best practices.
  2. Describe examples of best practices for PHN interventions at each of the three practice foci (community, systems, and individual/family).

Keywords: Public Health Nursing, Evidence Based Practice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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