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Quad Council Coalition Releases 2018 Community/Public Health Nursing Competencies

Date: 6/28/2018 1:09 PM

Related Categories: Council on Linkages, Workforce Development

Topic: Council on Linkages, Workforce Development

Tag: Competencies, Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, Council on Linkages, Workforce Development

The Quad Council Coalition of Public Health Nursing Organizations (QCC) recently released the 2018 Community/Public Health Nursing (C/PHN) Competencies.

In 2018, the QCC updated its C/PHN Competencies. The C/PHN Competencies align with the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) developed by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice. Also, other related nursing competencies, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives’ Nurse Executive and Nurse Manager Competencies (2015), World Health Organization’s Nurse Educator Core Competencies (2016), American Association of Occupational Health Nurses’ Competencies in Occupational & Environmental Health Nursing (2015), Global Health Competencies for Nurses in the Americas, and Interprofessional Global Health Competencies, were used to support additions or changes to the C/PHN Competencies. The final competencies more fully reflect the American Public Health Association Public Health Nursing Section’s 2013 definition of Public Health Nursing and the focus practice environments, services, and standards of practice outlined in the American Nurses Association’s 2013 Public Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, Second Edition.

The C/PHN Competencies use the same eight domains and three-tier structure as the Core Competencies and can be used by public health nurses from entry-level to senior management/leadership in a variety of practice settings. The C/PHN Competencies reflect the unique competencies required for the practice of public health nursing.

The C/PHN Competencies are available as a PDF to aid in adoption and integration into practice, academia, research, and policy. Visit the QCC website to download a copy of the competencies.

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