Public health nursing
Ok, so I am being a little harsh. I did get to learn about a bunch of really amazing programs that are provided for the public completely free of charge. There are a lot of great ways to impact the community. I wish I had known about a lot of these programs before, just knowing that these services are out there is somewhat comforting. It makes me feel like we are actually part of a greater ‘whole’ community, even in such a huge county. Some of the presentations were dry and a bit redundant, but I have to admit, they got their point across, and I learned about what we can do as nurses to help improve the health of our community in so many ways.
We heard from public health nurses all day, but I still feel like we got the cookie cutter version of it. The heartwarming stories that they show in videos that show you “what public nursing is” are sweet, and I have to say, very motivational. I watched it and thought, “YEAH! I wanna to that!” But on the same hand, the thought of visiting a strangers house in this big city to check up on their TB med compliance is freaking me out just a bit. So – does anyone have any advice out there? What was your public health clinical like? Are there any public health nurses out there with some wise words of wisdom? Please share and put this student nurse’s mind at ease!
I'm a brand new, full-fledged, fresh-out-of-school RN! And better yet, I landed the job of my dreams working with children. I love what I do, and while everyday on the job is a new (and sometimes scary) experience, I'm taking it all in - absorbing everything I can about this amazing profession we all fell in love with.
By Ani Burr, RN