Importance of Including Registered Nurses in Population-Focused Health Programs: The Healthy Beginnings Program
Description:Healthy Beginnings is a multidisciplinary maternal health program embedded in an outpatient OB/GYN practice with the goal of reducing infant mortality. The program is located within a large regional birthing hospital serving primarily vulnerable, underserved women with complex psychosocial and medical issues. Program enrollment is completed by a bachelor’s prepared registered nurse at one of two clinical sites. The six ANA standards of nursing practice are utilized in the enrollment and ongoing case management.
Lessons Learned: 1) The hiring and management team should utilize the ANA SOPs and the Quad Council Competencies for PHNs, even in non-traditional settings such as hospitals. 2) Continuing education opportunities should be available in areas aligned with the Quad Council Competencies to enhance population-focused standards of nursing practice.
Implications/recommendations: Public health programs should continue to support and recognize the essential role that PHNs play within a multidisciplinary team. Ongoing training, shadowing and employment opportunities in PHN should be available to bedside nurses who want to expand into PHN roles.
Learning Areas:Public health or related nursing
Identify two sources for standards or competencies for the public health nursing profession.
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a degree in nursing and in public health and I manage the program staff described in this abstract. I have also obtained and maintained public health grant funding for the program described in my abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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