Public Health Nurses in Wisconsin
What is Public Health?
Public health is defined as a system, a social enterprise, whose focus is on
the population as a whole. The public health system seeks to extend the benefits
of current knowledge in ways that will have maximum impact on the health status
of the entire population in several key areas:
- Prevent injury, illness and the spread of disease.
- Create a healthful environment and protect against environmental
- Promote and engage healthy behaviors and promote mental health.
- Respond to disasters and assist communities in recovery.
- Promote accessible, high quality health services.
What is a Public Health Nurse?
Public health nursing is defined
as the practice of promoting and protecting the health of populations using
knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences. (American Public
Health Association, Public Health Nursing Section, 1996; American Nurses
Association. (2007). Public Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.
Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Association.)
Wisconsin Public Health Nurses apply nursing and public health principles to assess,
develop, implement, and evaluate care plans and health programs related to health
promotion, disease prevention, and health protection services for individuals,
families, and the community. Wisconsin
Administrative Code Chapter DHS 139. (exit
DHS; PDF, 14 KB)
What is the Goal of Public Health Nursing in Wisconsin?
The goal of public health nursing throughout Wisconsin is to protect the
health and safety of the people in our communities. To achieve this, public
health nurses work with individuals, families, groups, and communities at
increased risk of illness, injury, premature death, and disability. In
collaboration with community partners and the public health system, public
health nurses provide
leadership and take action to identify and activate resources, services, and
policies that protect health and respond to current and emerging threats to the
public's health and safety.
The Wisconsin Public Health
Nursing Practice Model (Word, 431 KB)
demonstrates public health nursing as
practiced in Wisconsin, which reflects the needs of communities, professional
nursing standards, state and local laws and regulations, and the evolution of
public health practice.
If you have any questions, e-mail Jamie
LaBrasca at the Division of Public Health Northern Regional
February 18, 2014