Public health nurses’ activities at a time of specialization in nursing—A national study

Yafa Haron, Mriam Honovich, Sarit Rahmani, Batia Madjar, Liora Shahar, Paula Feder-Bubis

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-86
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • health services
  • job characteristics
  • public health nursing practice
  • scope of practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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