Sharon D. Sakamoto is Public Health Nurse, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Public Health, Los Angeles, California. Margaret Avila is Adjunct Professor, California State University, Long Beach, California and Harbor-UCLA REI Women's Health Care NP Program Guest Lecturer, Nursing Director, Public Health Nursing, Los Angeles County, Department of Health Services, Los Angeles, California.
The Public Health Nursing Practice Manual: A Tool for Public Health Nurses
Article first published online: 27 FEB 2004
Public Health Nursing
Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 179–182, March 2004
How to Cite
Sakamoto, S. D. and Avila, M. (2004), The Public Health Nursing Practice Manual: A Tool for Public Health Nurses. Public Health Nursing, 21: 179–182. doi: 10.1111/j.0737-1209.2004.021212.x
- Issue published online: 27 FEB 2004
- Article first published online: 27 FEB 2004
- public health nurse;
- quality assurance
Abstract Public health nursing is recognized as an important and critical component of the public health workforce, and today, it makes up the largest single category of public health professionals, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Preparation of generalist public health nurses with the knowledge base, skills, and training to effectively respond to public health challenges is essential. The County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services, Public Health Nursing Section, in response to this need, implemented the Public Health Nursing Practice Manual to provide public health nurses with interventions and guidelines to articulate their role and practice as outlined by the framework of the Public Health Nursing Practice Model developed by Los Angeles County. Identification and development of new methods to support the practice of nursing is imperative in facilitating a more sophisticated and expanded level of practice, as well as providing a means of improving, protecting, and enhancing the quality of health for all people. The Public Health Nursing Practice Manual is an effective tool to monitor performance improvement and provide standardization of the generalist public health nurse practicing in Los Angeles County.