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Evaluation of public health nursing recruitment and retention at a local health department

James, Jordan (2018) Evaluation of public health nursing recruitment and retention at a local health department. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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The purpose of this essay is to evaluate public health nursing recruitment and retention at a local county health department and create recommendations based on the literature and from the findings of the evaluation, specifically for the local health department. The local health department has been experiencing an increase in public health nursing resignations in the last four years. The role that public health nurses play in the community is invaluable, and speaks to the need to recruit and retain them at state and local health departments.
An evaluation plan was drafted to answer this question: How can the local health department improve recruitment and retention of its public health nurses? Nineteen interviews and one focus group were used to gather data to inform this evaluation. Recommendations were drafted based on responses from the interviews, and include, increasing communication between public health nurses, supervisors and administration; increasing advertisement of available nursing opportunities at the local health department, promoting health department opportunities at local high schools and nursing schools; prioritizing replacing public health nursing supervisors, continuing leadership’s policies to improve technology and facilities, and encouraging the public health nurses to communicate with the nursing union to discuss issues such as part-time options and pay. The number of services that Public Health Nurses offer to the community speaks to their public health significance and their vital roles in protecting and serving their patients. Increasing the retention of Public Health Nurses improves health outcomes in disease prevention, maternal and child services, and treatment of disease.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
James, Jordanjejames9229@gmail.comjoj39
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairElias, Thistleelias@pitt.edueliasUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMartha Ann, Terrymaterry@pitt.edumaterryUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberSusan, Albrechtsaa01@pitt.edusaa01UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberLauren, Bealafeld Brungolauren.brungo@alleghenycounty.usUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 5 April 2018
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 51
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 31 May 2019 17:29
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 17:29


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