Public health nursing in general emphasizes case finding and follow through, health guidance and teaching and liaison with community health and related services. Positions in this area provide direct and/or indirect nursing care oriented toward maintaining health and preventing illness, as well as toward treatment and cure.

Assignments at the Registered Nurse Public Health IV level independently provide public health nursing care, treatment and educational services to a wide variety of groups within an assigned geographic area. Responsibility covers a wide range of case complexities and involves case finding; establishing case priorities based on the nursing needs of the individual and/or family; the organization and management of specialty clinics; establishing and implementing a nursing care plan for each patient and/or family visited; and the direction of nursing assistants and lower level nurses, as assigned; and performs other related duties as assigned.

Note: The registered nurse specializing in public health is NOT automatically the same as a community based or general duty registered nurse. Positions in public health nursing require knowledge of formal public health nursing methods and techniques.