Objectives: To provide a detailed, up-to-date account of the job description and practice areas of current public health nurses. Design and Sample: A cross-sectional study. A sample of 824 public health nurses, 80% of public health nurses in Israel, participated in a national structured survey. Measures: A structured questionnaire eliciting self-reported public health nursing activities, priorities, perceived deficiencies, and job satisfaction was compiled. Results: Nearly 70% of surveyed public health nurses provided individual-level interventions and less population-health-focused activities such as community needs assessments and development and implementation of community-based projects. Conclusions: Advanced training should be required in several areas of practice and the scope of public health nurses’ practice should be expanded, with greater emphasis on population health.
- health services
- job characteristics
- public health nursing practice
- scope of practice
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nursing (all)
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health