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Public Health Nurse Orientation and Resource Guide

The PHN Orientation and Resource Guide identifies a number of subject/topic areas that are critical for public health nurses to have a basic understanding of and includes a compendium of related resources. The orientation plan incorporates a variety of methodologies and experiences utilizing the expertise of resource people at both the local and state level as well as self-study.

Use this document in conjunction with the information below to move through the guide.

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I. Analysis/assessment
II. Policy development/program planning
III. Communication
IV. Cultural competency
V. Community dimensions of practice
VI. Public health sciences
VII. Financial planning and management
VIII. Leadership and systems thinking
IX. Orientation tools and templates
X. Professional support


I. Analysis/assessment

A. Local public health system development

B. State public health improvement goals

C. Healthy People 2020 objectives

  • About Healthy People, US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

D. Public health data

E. State health improvement framework

F. Data practices and HIPAA

G. Records retention

H. E-health

I. The Omaha System


II. Policy development/program planning

A. Legislative process

B. Public health law

C. Federal poverty guidelines

D. Clean Indoor Air Act

E. Public health nuisances

F. Clandestine drug labs


III. Communication

A. Social marketing

B. Media relations

C. Using a public health logo

D. Politics of public health

E. Building and maintaining public trust

F. State contacts and maps

G. Generational differences in the workplace

  • Content forthcoming

H. Public employees and lobbying

I. Open meetings


IV. Cultural competency

A. Health equity and health disparities

B. Social determinants of health

C. Cultural competence


V. Community dimensions of practice

A. Networks, partnerships, and coalitions

B. Importance of community engagement

C. Meeting facilitation


VI. Public health sciences

A. Public health history

B. Public health basics

C. Evidence-based practice

D. Public health intervention wheel

E. Public health nursing cornerstones

F. Ten essential public health services

G. Areas of public health responsibility

H. Communicable disease reporting

I. Environmental health topics


VII. Financial planning and management

A. Minnesota's public health system

B. Local Public Health Act

C. Working with grants

D. At the tribal level

E. At the state level

F. At the federal level


VIII. Leadership and systems thinking

A. Public health core competencies

B. Public health nursing cornerstones

C. Public health ethics


IX. Orientation tools and templates

A. Orientation checklist examples

B. Training resources

C. Orientation policies and procedures


X. Professional support

A. Nurse Practice Act

B. Job safety

C. Personal safety

D. Employee Assistance Program

E. Labor negotiation and contracts