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ANA Updates 'Public Health Nursing: Scope & Standards of Practice'

The American Nurses Association has released a new second edition of the specialty standards for public health nurses

This concise guide to contemporary public health nursing (PHN) practice contains up-to-date information for RNs practicing in public health and defines the level of nursing practice and professional performance for public health nurses at all practice levels and in all settings.

The convergence of multiple economic, political, and social factors including Healthy People 2020, the Obama Administration's National Prevention Strategy, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) provide a "road map" for improving the health of the public through prevention. And public health nurses should be in the forefront of healthcare to lead change in all sectors from public to private and local to global, ANA officials say..

"This is an opportune time for public health nurses to become  active, visible partners in healthcare reform. Every community across the nation deserves a public health nurse to lead in developing policies and programs that will improve health conditions for all and to advocate for poor and vulnerable populations," says co-chair Pamela A. Kulbok, DNSc, RN, PHCNS-BC, FAAN of the Theresa A. Thomas Professor of Primary Care Nursing and Chair of the Department of Family, Community, and Mental Health Systems at the University of Virginia. 

She adds, "This revised edition looks to the future of public health nursing and provides essential guidance in the form of standards and competencies for generalist and the advanced public health nurse." 

According to ANA, this is a must-have title for public health nursing practitioners, educators, students, researchers and others directly involved in public health.  Employers, insurers, lawyers, regulators, policy makers and stakeholders will find value in referencing this publication.

Since the late 1990s, ANA has partnered with other nursing organizations to establish a formal process for recognition of specialty areas of nursing practice. This includes the criteria for approving the specialty itself and the scope statement and an acknowledgment by ANA of the standards of practice for that specialty.

Because of the significant changes in the evolving nursing and healthcare environments, ANA's approval of specialty nursing scope statements and its acknowledgment of specialty standards of practice remain valid for five years, starting from the publication date of the documents. Learn more at

Release Date:  August 2013
Page #:  150
ISBN-13:   978-155810-490-7
eISBN:      978-1-55810-491-4
Price: List $29.95 / ANA Member $21.95

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