The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

5132.0: Wednesday, November 19, 2003 - 12:45 PM

Abstract #65926

Building public health nursing infrastructure in Illinois: Perspectives from a phn roundtable

Theresa Heaton, BSN, MPH, For Illinois Public Health Nurse Administrators, Kane County (IL) Health Department, 210 S. Sixth Street, Geneva, IL 60134, 630-208-5149,, Kathleen A Baldwin, PhD, RN, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, Peoria Campus, One Illini Drive, Peoria, IL 61656-1649, Margaret L. Beaman, RN, PhD, School of Nursing, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Room 2339, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1066, Ron Brown, BSN, Illinois Department of Public Health, 535 W. Jefferson, Springfield, IL 62704, Pat Donald, RN, Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center, 31010 Grand Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085, and Evelyn Norton, RN, Illinois Department of Human Services, 112 S. Wabash Ave, Third Floor, Chicago, IL 60605.

The weakened infrastructure of public health nursing, like that of public health in general, poses a barrier for developing healthy communities and protecting public health. In Illinois, an association of the local public health department nursing directors, the Illinois Public Health Nursing Administrators (IPHNA), turned to their nursing colleagues in education and in key state agencies to collaborate together to build PHN infrastructure statewide. Together we collaborated in the IPHNA Public Health Nursing Round Table (PHN Round Table) in Illinois in order to create opportunities to increase public health nursing initiatives in Illinois at the community, system, and individual/family levels, taking into account local needs and context. The PHN Round Table’s initial goals were: 1. To develop the knowledge and implementation of the essential public health nursing practices among existing public health nurses; and 2. To develop and implement a public health nursing orientation module and provide train-the-trainer support for nursing managers/leaders. This session presentation will describe how the PHN Round Table agreed upon a PHN framework based on the Minnesota Model, will present lessons learned in the statewide PHN Round Table collegial process, will demonstrate how the initial toolbox project jumpstarted our Round Table process, will examine both barriers and future opportunities, and will share perspectives from the PHN Round Table’s key partners from education, local health, and state health and human service agencies.

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Keywords: Public Health Nursing, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
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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The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA