One month as a PHN....

  1. ....and I LOVE it. Love love love.
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  3. by   anurseatlast
    What kind of public health are you doing?

    I knew even before nursing school I wanted the be a public health nurse. I wanted the opportunity to build long-term relationships with my patients and to do a lot of teaching. A year after I graduated, I got my dream job. I work with pregnant and parenting teens (mostly low-income) in a home-based program. I absolutely LOVE it. Every day is different and has unique challenges. I work with a great team which makes it even better!
  4. by   exnavygirl-RN
    I mostly do Child Health. Everyday is a different challenge. My co-workers are awesome.
  5. by   rudycoon
    That's wonderful! I start mine next week and am so excited!
  6. by   GitanoRN
    congrats
  7. by   caliotter3
    Sounds like a great match!
  8. by   shanetta82
    Congrats!!! Im so glad that I have my mind made up to get into nursing.That is so awesome to be in the PHN field Anyone knowledgeable of scholarships, grants, loans for nursing in general?
  9. by   sapphire18
    Congrats!! I've always been interested in public health
  10. by   canchaser
    I would love to work with the young pregnant girls. I was pregnant and married at age 15 now married for 24 years. I had a" social service" visiting lady who came each week. I dont know what I would have done wihtout her. My mom was very involved but she didn't know all the resources this lady did. I knew since I was 7 I wanted to be a nurse but would love to work with girls/ families like I once was. Working on my FNP and I hope that I can get into a clinic and work with them.
  11. by   exnavygirl-RN
    Most of the children I see have young parent's. I love the opportunity to teach and give encouragement. A lot of these children I'll see often. Our PHRM/ISS program deals with high risk mothers and infants. They do home visits. I may have to do some home visits this week.

    I do child health (EPSDT) and some WIC. The Health Department is notified when newborns have a "trait". I notify the parent's and do counselling for this. Most of the time it is the sickle cell trait but I call for BARTS and other HgB diseases. I'm learning a lot about genetics and work with the genetics nurse.

    I love it.

    Mrsfocused, I'm not sure about scholarships, etc.
  12. by   rs02011988
    I've seen you a bit posting around in the PHN area. I love your enthusiasm
  13. by   exnavygirl-RN
    Thanks.
  14. by   danceluver
    @exnavygirl-RN: How did you find the job that you are currently at? Where did you search for a job with pregnant teens and infants? Websites? Something i'd be greatly interested in and would love some friendly advice when i need to start the search

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