Improving the curriculum in public health nursing is a multi-faceted endeavor. AACN conducted a survey of 61 member schools of nursing that have a graduate focus in community/public health nursing. The survey information on innovative practices in public health nursing education as well as information on academic/practice partnerships. Some of the innovative practices that were reported are listed below.
Curriculum Best Practices
- American University of Beirut
- Emory University
- Northern Kentucky University
- Oregon Health and Science University
- Richmond City Health District Virginia Commonwealth University
- Texas Christian University
- University of Kansas
- University of Missouri
- University of North Florida
- Creighton University
- The University of Tennessee Health and Science Center
- University of Hawaii at Manoa
- University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ and Rutgers University
- Wayne State University
- Wichita State University
- Worcester State University
Both Undergraduate and Graduate Level
- California State University-Long Beach
- Pima County/University of Arizona
- University of Illinois at Chicago
- University of Hartford
- University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
- University of Washington
Population Health Supplement to Baccalaureate Essentials
Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for Public Health Nursing
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Forum on the Future of Public Health Nursing
identified three educational models focused on the public health nurse workforce. Information about these models provides insights into areas that can strengthen the public health nursing curriculum.
LEAP is a project coordinated through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. LEAP is a model interprofessional education project focused on strengthening the skills of public health nurses. Information on LEAP is provided on the AACN academic/practice partnership website: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/downloads/academic-practice-partnerships-task-force/Wisconsin-Madison.pdf.
KRISP is a collaborative effort coordinated by the University of Washington and the University of Illinois in Chicago. KRISP focused on providing resources and information to strengthen public health nursing practice. More information can be found at http://krispproject.wordpress.com/reports-and-publications/reports/.
PHN-Ready is coordinated by the University of Albany School of Public Health and provides training leading to a certification for RNs and LPNs interested in or working in public health. The training is based on the Quad Council’s public health nursing competencies. More information can be found at http://www.albany.edu/sph/cphce/phnready.shtml.