I'm about to graduate with my BSN later this summer. As I complete this RN-to-BSN I feel empowered and ready to confront some real 'upstream' issues.
Right now I'm having difficulty visualizing how I would begin a career in public health nursing. What I mean by this, is, "Who hires nurses to do public health work?" State departments, non-profits...who else? Also, what kind of things can I do now to orient myself to this type of practice? I imagine myself going to work the first day and staring blankly at the wall thinking...where do I start?
Generally, I feel I'm skillful in analyzing research data, and I enjoy working with a team to develop creative interventions to real problems. It seems that these would be great characteristics to have as a PHN, but I'm just having difficulty with finding a starting point.
Thanks for any help or direction
***I don't know if this is relevant, but I am a relatively new RN with 5 months on a acute psych floor, and am now currently working at a LTAC hospital.