Can you be a PHN if you are a new grad? Do new grads get hired in the public health nursing or do you require 1 year of exp as a RN. I am RN BSN. Thanks for any input!!
I went straight into public health nursing as a new grad. I do have a Master's, but it is a generalist degree designed for entry into practice (CNL Program). There are BSNs who went straight into public health nursing following graduation from nursing school at the local health departments where I have been employed. 5 nurses come to mind. I have worked in Colorado & Virginia. According to the ANA's Public Health Nursing: Scope & Standards of Practice,"The baccalaureate degree in nursing is the educational credential for entry into public health nursing practice." Nothing is mentioned regarding prior experience. I think it will depend primarily on individual employer requirements.
Last edit by mariebailey on Aug 13, '12
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