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Public Health Nursing

Public health nursing is rooted in the promotion of physical and mental health, the prevention of disease, injury, and disability. Public health nursing practice includes the individual client, the family and support system of the client, as well as the community in which the client lives. The public health nurse functions in client homes, in local health department and community clinics, in schools, and other community service institutions. The nurse provides services to monitor health status, to identify health problems, educate people about health issues, develop partnerships to identify and solve problems, develop policies and plans for individuals and communities, link people to needed personal health services thereby assuring the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable, and to evaluate the effectiveness, accessibility and quality of personal and population-based services. Highlights how ODH seeks to support public health nursing include:

  • Providing technical assistance and training working with local health departments;
  • Facilitating collaboration between public health nurse educators and practitioners;
  • Recognition of nursing and nurses across the state of Ohio


Radon: A Public Health Risk 

School Nursing

School Nursing supports the provision of quality health services in schools to promote student health and success. In addition, the School Nursing Program assists schools with an all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness. School nurse consultants are available as resource experts to school nurses, school administrators, local health departments and other interested individuals, organizations and agencies.

Public Health Nurses: Successful Partnerships with Ohio Schools

This is a series of one-hour webinars archived for independent study through Ohio Train covering a variety of topics regarding the provision of health services in Ohio schools. This series is a good overview for public health nurses working in the school setting.

Continuing Education

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), through the nursing continuing education program provides quality educational programming that prepares nurses at ODH and in the local communities to meet the challenges of rapid changes in health care, knowledge, technology and societal needs. ODH is an approved provider unit for nursing continuing education program, operating under the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA), who is accredited by the American Nurses Credential Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation and is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN). As an approved provider unit, ODH has the authority to plan, implement, and evaluate its own continuing education activities during its three year period of provider unit approval. 


Access to Patient-Centered Medical Home Among Ohio's Children with Special Health Care Needs: Full Report and Summary

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health 


National Association of School Nurses 

Association of Public Health Nurses

Second International Public Health Nursing Conference

Last Updated: 02/18/2015