The nursing profession has its origins in population health.
Beyond highly multifaceted roles in clinical settings, nurses have always brought health to people in diverse ways in the places where we live, learn, work, and play.
Additionally, nurses are educated to consider health issues within a broad context that includes the social determinants of health. As a result, they not only deliver clinical interventions, but are able to identify factors outside of health care which affect health, and develop interventions to advance broader population and community health.
In connection with emerging work in support of nursing and population health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation commissioned research exploring how nurses can help the nation address the declining health of its citizens and promote the health of its population in the 21st century.
In the study, the authors examine major trends affecting the role of nursing in population health, key competencies and roles for an expanded field of population-focused nursing, and potential implications for nursing education, research, policy and practice.