Recommendation for public health nurses to be more population focused

10/26/05

MADISON, Wis. - Oct. 27, 2005 - New guidelines urge public health nurses to move away from direct service provision and toward more collaborative and population or community-focused intervention. A recent study published in Public Health Nursing looked at public health nursing in one state ( Wisconsin) and the extent to which the practice of public health nursing has changed in accordance with these guidelines presented by national groups, such as the Institute of Medicine . The study shows that public health nursing practice in Wisconsin is becoming more population focused following the national guidelines. However, nurses recommended more support for this change, including more education in concepts and skills that support population-focused practice, more resources available for public health practice, and more collaboration with academic partners for education and research.

This study was led by Susan J. Zahner, Dr.P.H., R.N., Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing. She can be reached for questions and interviews at sjzahner@wisc.edu.

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