Strengthening Public Health Nursing - Part I

Issue 7 of the Charting Nursing's Future series looks at policies and programs that recognize nursing's role in assuring the public's health.

The ability of the public health system to meet current and projected needs is being seriously compromised by a growing shortage of nurses, an expanded, post-September 11 public health mandate, and economic constraints at the local, state, and federal levels.

This brief highlights nursing's unique contributions to assuring the public's health and vital importance in both prevention and emergency preparedness. It considers several workforce initiatives; profiles programs that attribute their success to nurse involvement; and presents promising state and federal policies.