Can you be a PHN if you are a new grad? - page 2

by mybabies2000

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!!... Read More


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    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?
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    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.
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    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
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    Quote from sbruc002
    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.
    I am in Canada to so I think that makes a difference.
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    Quote from loriangel14
    I am in Canada to so I think that makes a difference.
    Gotcha. I somehow managed to overlook that fact when reading the various comments.
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    When I worked as a PHN our county did hire new BSN/PHN grads and also new grads hired into the NFP program at our office.
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    Quote from sugarlips
    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.
    Hi! I recently read that you were hired as a new grad straight into a CA county as a PHN. I, too, am very, very interested in entering the public health field. I graduated with a BSN in 2010, worked less than a year in a hospital setting, and now am looking for a PHN job. It's where my true passion is! I've applied to every county in my area (LA, Riverside, Orange County, San Diego, and San Bernardino). My application status says "placed on eligible list" but it's been over a month and still no response. What do you suggest I do at this point? How can I make my resume "shine" with the little RN experience I have? In the meantime, I've resorted to studying for the GRE in order to apply to MPH programs for the Fall of 2013, in case that may help me. Thanks for your help!
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    There are PHN I openings in the central valley of CA. PHN I is a new grad, no experience.
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    Quote from MandaRN94
    There are PHN I openings in the central valley of CA. PHN I is a new grad, no experience.
    Do you mind providing a link for a particular PHN I job in the Central Valley? I can't seem to find anything. I'd really appreciate it!
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    Look under Stanislaus County website. They have PHN and also staff nurse openings in the community clinic for new grads. Also just a FYI AB 2348 (access to birth control) was signed by Gov Brown -expect A LOT of RN community nursing and PHN positions opening soon in CA.


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