Paperwork in Public Health Nursing


Hi, How does the amount of paperwork/patient interaction in PHN compare to other nursing specialties? What is it like working in a public health department? Is there such thing as a typical day?




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I've worked in 2 different health depts. for a total of 2+ years. I just returned to public health nursing.

Paperwork for clinics is similar to physician offices. Infectious diseases have some paperwork, but in Ohio, most of the info is stored on the computer.

Immunizations require a fair amount of both computer work and paperwork.

Clinics and "shot days" are hectic, but the rest of the time it's not bad, as far as a typical day goes. The schedule seems more flexible as compared to a hospital, but some days are crazier than others.

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