The Idaho Public Health Association reports on bills that are currently in the legislature that may impact nursing and public health. For instance, a recently passed bill allows Public Health Nurses to refill certain prescriptions. Another bill established the Idaho Childhood Immunization Policy Commission, which was designed to create a commission that increased the percentage of children who receive childhood immunizations, as Idaho is 20 percent below the national average, with nurses leading the effort.
The Idaho Public Health Association is a non-profit organization that depends upon nurses and has three primary objectives, which include:
- Enhance the public health workforce
- Strengthen partnerships with organizations and professionals
- Assure the organizational capacity needed to serve the public
Public health nurses work in the community to improve the health of the area, promote wellness, track diseases and work to prevent injuries. They commonly work in a county or state departments of health.
Getting your graduate degree in public health nursing can provide you with an exciting new career that serves the community, and it may give you more job opportunities.
If you are ready to enter a graduate program make sure the program is accredited, and compare programs to make sure you are entering a program that will meet your career goals.
Idaho Public Health Nursing school admissions criteria may include:
- GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of under-graduate work
- Official college transcripts
- Two letters of recommendation
- GRE minimum score of at least the 40th percentile
- Two years of clinical experience as a RN
- Essay of career goals
There is an online Public Health nursing program in Idaho that requires 48 credit hours, which has the goals of improving the health of populations through planning, implementation and evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs. Some of the required courses may include:
- Applications in Epidemiology
- Social & Cultural Perspectives in Public Health
- Leadership and Administration
- Environmental & Occupational Health
- US & Global Health Systems
- Technological Application in Public Health
- Health Program Planning
- Research and Writing
- Health Behavior Change Theory and Application
- Theses Option or Project Option as approved electives
Idaho has Opportunity scholarships that are need-based, and they offer scholarships for under-served vocations, which includes medical careers. The university financial aid office has the FAFSA application available, which is a federal funding program based on your income. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has a webpage with a list of financial aid that include low interest loans, numerous types of scholarships and grants.
Public health nurses work in multiple types of job settings , which includes state and county health clinics, schools, occupational positions in industry and correctional facilities. These nurses put plans together to alleviate and eliminate disease or health and safety issues in communities, such as immunizations, STDs and obesity. They sometimes help communities prepare for natural distress, or they may assist in disaster relief.
In 2014, Idaho Medical and Health Services Managers earned an annual average income of $92,810. This occupation is one that is challenging, yet satisfying. You have the advantage of job security, a chance for advancement in a variety of healthcare settings, and it also helps the nursing profession as a whole.