Public health nursing is a very diverse job. Most health departments are getting out of the business of providing clinics such as general medical, primary care, maternity, and pediatrics; however, some clinics are mandated such as family planning, immunization, and sexually transmitted disease. Requirements may vary from state to state. I have worked as a Public Health Nurse for the past 14 years and overall I have enjoyed my work, but like any job, to be truthful, it has its ups and downs. The benefits are usually good and the hours were excellent until the country was inundated with 911 and the threat of bioterrorism. The salary is the worst among health care settings. Clients are diverse, unappreciative, indigent, uneducated, and difficult in most circumstances but tolerate it because of the cultural circumstances that you know they face 24--7. However, you can learn much from them--coping skills, stress management, and survival skills which every nurse needs in order to work in the bottom-line atmosphere that health care breeds in this millennium.