Public health nursing is a unique specialization in the registered nursing field. Public health nurses work with many different groups, from children to the elderly, helping them obtain more information and confidence in their bodies and minds.
Public health nurses provide a variety of services depending on their environment. They provide screening tests for various populations and administer immunizations for both adults and children. These nurses also conduct nutrition education within different programs like the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children federal program.
Public health nurses educate high-risk populations, including prostitutes and drug users about disease prevention and healthy behavior. They also help families and individuals by administering medications and assisting with community-wide emergency or natural disasters.