A Framework for Planning Public Health Nursing Servicesm to Families


  • Rosemary K. Vahldieck R.N., M.P.H., M.S.,

    Corresponding author
    1. At time of submission of manuscript Rosemary Vahldieck was Public Health Nursing Consultant, Wisconsin Division of Health, Madison, Wisconsin.
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  • Sharon R. Reeves R.N., M.P.H., M.S.,

    1. Sharon Reeves was Vice President Patient Care Services, Community Nursing Services of DuPage County, Lombard, Illinois.
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  • Margaret Schmelzer R.N., M.S.P.H.

    1. Margaret Schmelzer was Director of Public Health Nursing, Madison Department of Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin.
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Address correspondence to Rosemary Vahldieck, R.N., 6814 Old Sauk Court, Madison, WI53 717.


We designed a model to assist public health nurses and nursing supervisory staff in planning, delivering, and evaluating their services to families. Specifically, the intent was to assist nurses to estimate the numbers and types of services required. The model includes a gradient of family health characteristics, an original delineation of nine basic public health nursing services, a coping index and scoring guidelines, and a methodology for integrating assessment of health needs and coping abilities.