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Keywords:

  • Division of Nursing;
  • public health nursing education;
  • public health nursing history

ABSTRACT The following paper extracts some highlights from a conference on nursing education for public health, convened by the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources Administration, of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare in May 1973. This brief examination of selected discussions among participants about trends in health care, the challenges they believed they would face in improving health status, and the inferences they drew for planning public health nursing education may provide a partial foundation for examining current issues in the education of public health nurses. Although public health nursing roles have evolved dramatically over the last 34 years, the issues raised during the conference have not been completely or adequately resolved. The difficulty of predicting or prophesying the future during a period of rapidly changing social and political conditions, and the importance placed by these leaders of public health nursing on participating in the formation of goal-directed public policy remain salient lessons for the contemporary reader.