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Public Health Nurse for Health Dept

  1. 0 Hello all!

    I will soon be leaving the hospital for a public health nurse position. "Excited" is not even close to what I'm feeling about this opportunity; however, I have zero experience in this area. I was told the orientation will take some time because there is a lot to learn, being that Im inexperienced. This location focuses on family planning, HIV testing, OB/GYN, and more. Does anyone know in general what a PHN does in this capacity?

    Thanks for taking time to read!
  2. Visit  NickiJules profile page

    About NickiJules

    From 'Florida'; Joined Dec '11; Posts: 18; Likes: 4.

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  3. Visit  MandaRN94 profile page
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    Depends on your specific job description. Are you going to work in all the depts? In CA RNs can dispense hormonal birth control under a standing order, order STD labs, etc.. This is my area of specialty and I love it! I get to work very independently.
  4. Visit  Belle1005 profile page
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    Quote from NickiJules
    Hello all!

    I will soon be leaving the hospital for a public health nurse position. "Excited" is not even close to what I'm feeling about this opportunity; however, I have zero experience in this area. I was told the orientation will take some time because there is a lot to learn, being that Im inexperienced. This location focuses on family planning, HIV testing, OB/GYN, and more. Does anyone know in general what a PHN does in this capacity?

    Thanks for taking time to read!
    Fp- you can expect to do annuals/initials (with the doc to renew orders) and help with wet preps, Pap smears and herpes testing, etc. and supply visits you can give refills of birth control with standing orders. HIV testing we usually do with STD screenings and well test for HIV, syphillis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. We don't usually do HIV testing alone unless that's the only thing the pt wants. We have OB days and we see many many patients on that day. We educate, draw labs and whatever else they need. We do so much I still have questions about some details after 2 1/2 months on the job. I love it though we also do pediatrics and WIC.
  5. Visit  NickiJules profile page
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    Thanks so much!! I don't think I've read one post on here from a PHN that stated they did not like their job. I'm excited to start but very nervous because I feel like I'm starting from scratch, in a way.
  6. Visit  countrygonecity profile page
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    I too have many many questions. I put my application out at my local health department. I want a RN job there. I don't know what they will ask me in the interview so that is one of my questions for you and how can I prepare myself? What are some things I need to study and know off the top of my head? I want the job because I will get to spend time with my family and I will get to teach and assess as well. We had a separate on class but not very much OB and pediatrics clinical rotation. I never got to do any health department clinicals. I know they do school physicals and they do shots for babies, kids, and adults and i know they so pregnancy tests as well. How long do they train you? What if a patient asks something that I can't remember from my textbook?
  7. Visit  akc_RN profile page
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    That is awesome you get to do this kind of a job in a health department. I'm working on my masters in nursing education, so I feel like public health would be a good field to go into. I just really want to teach and have a normal life with my family. Your post has inspired me to keep looking! Thanks
  8. Visit  countrygonecity profile page
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    Quote from akc_RN
    That is awesome you get to do this kind of a job in a health department. I'm working on my masters in nursing education, so I feel like public health would be a good field to go into. I just really want to teach and have a normal life with my family. Your post has inspired me to keep looking! Thanks
    Yeah that is why I want a health department job because I have two children with special needs and so they are grown now but will be at home for a while. I want to spend more time with them because before it was always hustle and bustle and struggles. I know our health department doesn't pay that great but having less stress and more time with family is something I want to do.
  9. Visit  celestehicks1 profile page
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    Are there any nurses out there that only had 6 months of med-surg experience before working at their local health department?
    Last edit by celestehicks1 on Dec 29, '14 : Reason: added detail
  10. Visit  olliesmommy1005 profile page
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    I had only 9 months on a med/surg floor before moving into public health. I have been at my LHD since June of 2013 (with a month that I left and went to the ER thinking I missed the clinical aspect....but I'm back now). I love my job! I have soooooo many hats that I wear here, which can be overwhelming, but it keeps me on my toes


    Quote from celestehicks1
    Are there any nurses out there that only had 6 months of med-surg experience before working at their local health department?
  11. Visit  maia99 profile page
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    I started off as a new grad in public health. Since I work primarily with a pediatric population, I don't think that I missed out by not having worked in a standard med/surg unit, but I probably would have benefited with a little time on a ped unit. Public Health is so varied and so different from acute care that I don't think that time spent on a med/surg floor is crucial to success. And yes, I too love my job and the many hats that I get to wear.
  12. Visit  Finally2008 profile page
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    I had 7 months experience when I left the hospital for a PHN position. I found that our health department was very willing to take on new nurses (with a BSN)


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