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
Executive Nurse Fellow Jerry Mansfield explains why the University Hospital and the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital do not have a BSN-only hi...
Patrick M. Krueger recently co-authored a study that examines the characteristics and mortality risks of nondrinker subgroups to explain why...
Telehealth Technology Could Help Obese Youth Get Better Treatment, Lose Weight - Study: Psychiatrists Less Likely than Other Doctors to Acce...
The RWJF DataHub tracks state-level data, and allows visitors to customize and visualize facts and figures.
RWJF Senior Adviser for Nursing Susan Hassmiller outlines what it takes to lead in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.
New and notable quotes on nurses’ leadership journey, caring for the whole patient, school nurses, and more.
Around the country, print, broadcast, and online media outlets are covering the groundbreaking work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)...
RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Jennifer Bellot writes about losing her grandmother to complications from a medical error.
Read highlights from college students’ recent trip to the front lines of health care in urban New Jersey.
2013 America’s Health Rankings Finds Significant Progress in National Health - FDA to Phase Out Use of Certain Antimicrobials in Food Animal...
Judith Halstead, president of the National League for Nursing, writes about the role of nursing education in realizing a transformed health ...
Abigail Saguy, author of What's Wrong with Fat?, talks about how obesity came to be understood as a public health crisis.