Can you be a PHN if you are a new grad? - page 3

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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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    Public Health Nurse-Aging & Independence Services Option-12456510AIS
    Continuous
    $61,027.20 - $74,193.60 Annually
    Regular - Full time
    County of San Diego, California
    This can be found on County of San Diego Website and click on Job and then current job opening. The above position is currently open as of today.

    I am a new grad with a BSN. I've applied for a PHN with my county in June, and it takes a long time to hear back. That's how the process is. I have an interview next week for the PHN position I've applied for since June!

    I hope i am not violating any posting rules of posting the job posting. If I do Administer pls remove/ edit my post as needed.
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    In NY, only Bachelors prepared nurses can officially consider themselves Public Health Nurses.
    I work for public health department run by the county.
    I've been employed there for 8 yrs this January.
    Used to be, they wouldn't even consider a nurse with less than 2 years experience in an acute setting.
    They hired me 8 yrs ago with only 1.5 yrs experience as a nurse in on a med/surg unit.
    I was hired into the Long Term Home Health Care Program, which was mostly case management, and I really could have performed my job better with a BSN (am currently pursuing BSN and can see the benefit).
    The problem with public health departments seems to be that the pay is much less than what a nurse can earn in the private sector.
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    Same in CA -you have to have a BSN and a PHN cert from the BRN. I agree about the pay. One of the reason I left my county PHN job was every year we had pay cuts. The PHNs are now making what they made 10 years ago due to 6% pay cuts every year! I still work as a PHN as I love the job but would not not go back to a county job again.
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    Quote from MandaRN94
    Same in CA -you have to have a BSN and a PHN cert from the BRN. I agree about the pay. One of the reason I left my county PHN job was every year we had pay cuts. The PHNs are now making what they made 10 years ago due to 6% pay cuts every year! I still work as a PHN as I love the job but would not not go back to a county job again.
    What do you do as a PHN that is not done in a county setting?
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    In short, yes a new grad can be hired for a PHN position (as was the case for me). In California, you need to have your BSN and be certified as a PHN or be eligible to apply for the PHN certificate. If applying for a PHN position at the county level, be prepared to wait months or even a year to hear back for an interview. County is notorious for this. I applied for a county position last year and didn't hear back until a year later where I was invited for not one interview, but two. By then, I already had a job working as a PHN so I respectfully declined.
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    How did you get your PHN license? Is it an exam?

    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.
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    Your BSN program must have the required coursework in Community and Public Health nursing in order for your degree to qualify for PHN licensing in the state of CA. It is not an exam. You apply for the license and pay the fee. The BON reviews your schools curriculum and grants it to you.
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    I am a new grad nurse from CO. When I was looking at the job description for public health nurse I in some local health departments in CA, I really liked the job. But I already applied to be licensed in CO (Haven't taken NCLEX yet). What's the best approach to apply to a PHN position in CA? I understand in order to get the public health certificate you need to have a CA license.


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