Establishment of a PHN Code in the BLS Standard Occupation Code System
This presentation reports on the results of a survey distributed to a national sample of both novice and expert public health nurses conducted in February 2015. The results suggest there is little overlap between the predominant tasks, knowledge and tools required of the public health nurse and those of the general-duty registered nurse. Survey results were submitted to the Office of Management and Budget, which is charged with the current effort to revise the SOC, as supporting documentation to the request submitted by the Quad Council in July 2014 requesting a new PHN code. Updates and next steps current at the time of the presentation will be included.
Learning Areas:Public health or related nursing
Describe the BLS Standard Occupation Code System (SOC)and its usage implications List historical and recent efforts to establish a public health nurse (PHN) code within the SOC List results of a February 2015 survey of PHN participants that compares the tasks, knowledge, and tools in public health nursing work vs. the dominant tasks, knowledge, and tools used by registered nurses working in acute care settings Discussion implications of the survey results for the future of the public health nursing workforce
Keyword(s): Nurses/Nursing, Workforce
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 40 years experience in public health nursing at both the local and state levels of health departments and with the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. I am also co-author of several articles published in juried nursing journals. My presentation reports on the survey research I completed as part the capstone project requirement of my doctoral work.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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