Hi, I'm graduating from a CA BSN school and we're eligible to have a PHN certification. In fact, my leadership theory teacher told me that it is what distinguishes BSN/MSN RNs to ADNs. The CA board of nursing is very strict on this and grant that, we were given the paper work from the CA BRN to apply for the PHN cert since we took the required community/public health theory and clinical classes with the required hours and mandatory child report course in our curriculum, or so that how it is generally with the CSU/UC schools.
My question comes from this: Even if the PHN is a title after the name and that the PHN never expires (per my teacher who does work in public health), is it to our obligation that we use it after the name even if we're not working in public health? i.e., John Doe, MN, RN, PHN, CRRN or Jane Doe, BScN, RN-BC, CCRN, PHN? Are there sources where I can find out about this? It doesn't look right to me to have a credential to your name when you're not working in that field. I want to work in critical care and get a CCRN but is it me or does it look weird to have a PHN there too? My last question is, besides opening more opportunities, how else would the PHN be to my advantage? I like the idea that we have some working-knowledge of community/public health (which that was a tough course but interesting course, though it made me think critically about the environment and populations in global perspectives).