Public Health Nursing
The Career Path for a Public Health Nurse
Public health nurses care for entire populations rather than one patient at a time. Public health nurses (sometimes called community health nurses) work within the community to improve the overall health of the area. They put together plans that alleviate or eliminate health or safety issues, and they may help communities prepare for natural disasters or assist in disaster relief efforts. They communicate with health planners and policy makers to help members of the community voice their concerns and provide community education on health and wellness, disease prevention, nutrition and childcare. In low-income and rural communities, public health nurses also provide critical services such as immunizations, prenatal care and health counseling for youth and the elderly.
$50,000 - $60,000
Annual Salary Range
BSN primarily (though some communities employ ASNs)