206342 Linking academia and practice for new PHN orientation

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 9:15 AM

Marina Gallin De Pablo, MS, MPH, RN , School of Nursing, UW-Madison, Madison, WI
Susan J. Zahner, DrPH, RN , School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Jackie Bremer, BS, RN , Division of Public Health, Rhinelander, WI
Jody Moesch Ebeling, BSN, RN , Division of Public Health, Green Bay, WI
Yvonne Eide, MS, RN , Division of Public Health, Madison, WI
Rebecca Hovarter, BSN, RNBC , Division of Public Health, Green Bay, WI
Karen Morris, BSN, RN , Division of Public Health, Eau Claire, WI
Deborah L. Pasha, BSN, RN , Division of Public Health, Milwaukee, WI
Timothy Ringhand, MPH, RN , Division of Public Health, Eau Claire, WI
This presentation will describe the creation and pilot testing of an online orientation program, with a mentoring component for nurses new to public health practice in local, state, and tribal health departments. This statewide project was a collaborative effort of academic and practice partners and partially funded by HRSA. The project received IRB approval. Nurses new to public health with <1 year experience were recruited to participate in the orientation program. Nurses with >1 year of experience were recruited as mentors. Five online modules using voice-over slide video where developed collaboratively by faculty from the School of Nursing and Regional Public Health Consultants from the State Division of Health, with input from local and tribal health departments. The modules cover the role of public health nurses in the five statutory services: State's PHN Practice Model and general public health nursing; communicable disease prevention and control; chronic disease and injury prevention; health promotion; and human health hazards abatement. The online pre and post surveys were created by the academic partner and included knowledge and self-assessed competency for practice questions. Training for mentors and mentees was provided. Results of the pilot evaluation will be presented including pre- and post-survey comparisons on knowledge change and change in self-assessed competency for PHN practice, and qualitative themes derived from evaluation of the mentoring partnership experience. Collaboration between academia and practice can extend to preparation of nurses new to public health practice through orientation and mentoring program development and evaluation.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the methodology used to create a collaborative, online orientation program with a mentoring component for new public health nurses. Describe the design and at least two results of a pilot evaluation of the new PHN orientation program.

Keywords: Health Workers Training, Professional Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Project manager for New PHN Orientation Pilot Project, primary organization liaison to State collaborator group, degree completed MS Nursing, MPH.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.