Report finds high job satisfaction among public health nurses, but many state health departments struggle to fill vacancies.
Public health nurses comprise the largest professional segment of the public health workforce. They play an essential role in improving the population’s health and delivering essential health services to communities but, until recently, little has been known about the size, preparation, and makeup of these nurses.
To better understand the characteristics of the public health nursing workforce, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) established the Future of Public Health Nursing initiative to identify and implement strategies to increase the skills and ability of public health nurses to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing health and health care environment.
The Initiative’s “Enumeration and Characterization of the Public Health Nurse Workforce” is the first comprehensive assessment of the public health nurse workforce. Conducted by the University of Michigan Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Studies, it offers a snapshot of the size, composition, educational background, experience, retirement intention, job function, and job satisfaction of RNs who work for state and local health departments.
The Faces of Public Health Nursing
Anneleen Severynen, a public health nurse in Washington state, writes about her work on a mobile medical unit that provides for the health care needs of homeless individuals.
RWJF Scholar treats the kind of people he grew up with: the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized.Read more
Paul Kuehnert, team director of Public Health at RWJF, discusses the findings of the Enumeration and Characterization of the Public Health Nurse Workforce.
In what many believe to be a first-of-its-kind program, Pima County (Arizona) libraries teamed up with the county Health Department to start a jointly-funded “library nurse program.”Read More
Executive Nurse Fellow Shirley Orr joins national effort to strengthen public health nursing at a time of challenge and opportunity.Read more
RWJF Scholar examines neighborhood-based death rates from opiate-based painkiller overdoses, compared with heroin overdose deaths.
Adverse working conditions contribute substantially to the risk of depression for working-age adults, according to new research from a team ...
This month the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health published a special issue of its magazine devoted to food.
Hilary Levey Friedman, author of Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture, writes about youth sports.
RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Jennifer Bellot writes about losing her grandmother to complications from a medical error.
RWJF Scholar puzzles out why people who do not drink alcohol are at greater risk for premature death than light to moderate drinkers.
The RWJF DataHub tracks state-level data, and allows visitors to customize and visualize facts and figures.
Learn how The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is dedicated to building a culture of health in Risa Lavizzo-Mourey's 2014 annual message.
Judith Halstead, president of the National League for Nursing, writes about the role of nursing education in realizing a transformed health ...
Around the country, print, broadcast, and online media outlets are covering the groundbreaking work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)...
RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow Marni Storey writes about her career as a public health nurse and why she would recommend the field to others.
A look back through history reveals outbreaks so expansive—so deadly—that they essentially changed the course of history. Here are the five ...