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Professional Development Plan: Public Health Nurse

Need assistance in creating a professional plan that addresses the following aspects as they relate to obtaining my first position as a public health nurse within the United States.

1. Perform an environmental scan--address the current realities in public health nursing and the health care system nationally and locally as they relate to finding your first position as a public health nurse in the U.S.

2. A 1 and 3 year strategic plan to prepare for the role; include goals, action steps, resources, time line, and indicators of success for achieving a position as a registered nurse after graduation

3. Suggested professional organizations and networking opportunities which can help enhance personal readiness

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1. Perform an environmental scan--address the current realities in public health nursing and the health care system nationally and locally as they relate to finding your first position as a public health nurse in the U.S.

The current environment for public health nursing is affected by shortage of nurses. There is an overall shortage of registered nurses. The reasons are poorly funded public health system on the national and state levels, aging salaries, reduced nursing positions, inadequate number of nurses with bachelor's qualifications, and reduced nursing faculty. In social marketing campaigns there is no mention of public health nursing. From a different perspective there were 219 public health nurses per 100,000 persons in 1980, this number dropped to 158 per 100,000 in 2000 according to a report by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. There are fewer nurses that enter this field. There are several positions for which a bachelor of science in nursing is required. The overall impact is that there is a high demand for nurses with a BSN degree.

2. A 1 and 3 year strategic plan to prepare for the role; include goals, action steps, resources, time line, and indicators of success for achieving a position as a registered nurse after graduation

The first year strategic plan is to apply for and obtain appointment. If you have got the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree you should get appointment ...

Solution Summary

The response provides you a structured explanation of the problem of registered nurse shortage and some solutions. It also gives you the relevant references.

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