4284.0 The Role of Public Health Nursing in the Future of Public Health

Tuesday, October 30, 2012: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Panel Discussion
Recent studies indicate that system-wide improvements in nursing education and practice will result in improved population health and as the nation moves forward with health reform and historic health system transitions, such as accreditation, there may be key roles for public health nurses to play. The purpose of this session is to highlight ongoing efforts to better understand the demographics and current roles of public health nurses in improving health; how those roles are evolving in the changing environment and the multiple implications of change for future public health nursing practice and education. The session will include an overview of the findings from the Forum on Future of Public Health Nursing, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in February 2012; preliminary results from the Public Health Nurse Workforce Survey conducted by the University of Michigan Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Studies; and an assessment by the Association of Public Health Nurses of how these findings and work they are conducting might influence the future of public health nursing practice.
Session Objectives: Describe factors in the current environment that are shaping future public health nursing role transition Describe the size and composition of the public health nursing workforce
Angela J. Beck, MPH, CHES
An Nguyen, MHA
Shirley A. Orr, MHS, ARNP, CNAA , Angela J. Beck, MPH, CHES and Karen A. O'Brien, DNP, MN, RN

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Organized by: APHA-Innovations Project