Can you be a PHN if you are a new grad?

  1. 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!!
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  3. by   loriangel14
    Where I live you need a Masters to work in public health.
  4. by   DEgalRN
    Where I live you can start in public health with the state as a new BSN, I think it's very dependent on state and agency.
  5. by   Meriwhen
    I think you only a need a BSN to work in public health in California, so it may be possible as a new grad. But that's something you may want to double-check with employers or the CA BRN.
  6. by   caliotter3
    I met a new nurse at my LTC facility in CA several years ago. She was a new grad. She did not stay long at our facility before she was hired into a PHN position. So I would have to say it is possible to get a PHN job in CA as a new grad. At least it was in that instance. As a matter of fact, a few years later, I met another new grad RN who did the same thing in another area. She was only at our facility for a few days before she took the new PHN position.
  7. by   mybabies2000
    Thanks everyone!! I am based in seattle WA so will check with the department. I am sure there is huge # of applicants since it seems like everyone wants to be a PHN. but will try my luck out!!
  8. by   troop949
    From what I've seen on job postings here in Georgia, you need 5 years experience as an RN or you can have a master's in PH plus 1 year RN experience.
  9. by   newbiepnp
    I am a new grad and was just hired as a PHN for the county in California. I have a BSN, as well as my PHN license. I have yet to start, so not sure how much training I will be getting, but I will be working with chronically ill children coordinating resources and making sure they are getting the proper attention needed.
  10. by   mybabies2000
    Thank you so much for all the respone. I am trying to re-enter nursing after 13 years and would like to work in public health setting only..
  11. by   wish_me_luck
    Yes! I am getting ready to apply for a couple of public health positions and I was told to go ahead. My heart soared upon hearing that because that is where my heart lies. :heartbeat
  12. by   Ashke
    Quote from loriangel14
    Where I live you need a Masters to work in public health.
    Really? In Ontario? I have seen Ontario postings for public health nurse positions that did not stipulate as much.If I focus my schooling in public health while doing volunteer/paid work in the same field, would that increase my chances of being hired as a PHN, or am I shooting myself in the foot by de-emphasizing hospital-based/LTC nursing in my education?
  13. by   loriangel14
    No I wouldn't think so. If PHN is what you are aiming for then focus on that. I work with a couple of BSNs that are going for their Masters so they can work in PH.
  14. by   mariebailey
    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 : Reason: add'l info