Public Health Nurse Ready (PHN Ready) is an online certificate program for RNs working in public health, or desiring to know about how public health works. LPNs and other RNs may find the certificate of interest as well.
All courses are self-paced and on-line, with most courses providing continuing education credits.
This certificate is for RNs who are new to a public health department, agency, or setting. The courses in this certificate provide a foundation of core public health concepts and practices. Topics include: cultural competency, public health literacy, public health policy, basic epidemiology, core functions and essential services of public health. These courses reflect the core public health competencies set forth by the Quad Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations.
If you have already completed the program requirements and would like to apply for your certificate, please complete the online Evaluation and Request for Certificate using the link below upon program completion.
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This project is funded by grant number UB6HP20152 from the Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS, Public Health Training Center Program.
Frequently Asked Questions about the PHN Ready Program
This certificate fulfills the requirements set forth by the New York State Sanitary Code which requires nurses in the title Public Health Nurse 2 and hired after August 2008 to complete 15 hours of continuing education within their first year of employment.
It is intended for nurses who have experience in the field of public health and who are involved in any of the following: program administration, budget development, quality improvement efforts, or advocacy or liaison efforts.
To register for the PHN2 certificate, please visit the New York State Learning Management System.
This certificate fulfills the requirements set forth by the New York State Sanitary Code which requires nurses in the title Supervising Public Health Nurse and hired after August 2008 to complete 15 hours of continuing education within their first year of employment.
It is intended for nurses who have advanced experience in the field of public health and who work in the capacity of supervisor.
To register for the Supervising Public Health Nurse certificate, please visit the New York State Learning Management System.
PHN Ready encourages BSN completion.
To find a BSN completion program:
New York State Residents may search for BSN completion programs in their area through the New York State Education Department website. http://www.nysed.gov/heds/irpsl1.html. Click on "Search for Programs by Subject Matter—Programs Bachelor's or Higher". Or, go to: http://www.rntobsnprograms.com/nursing-schools/new-york.htm
For US resources, and for states outside of New York, including online sources of BSN education, go to: http://www.rntobsnprograms.com/rn-to-bsn-completion-programs/
Basic Environmental Health Program (BEHP)—The Basic Environmental Health Program (BEHP) is an introductory training program designed to equip entry level environmental health personnel with the basic knowledge, skills and abilities needed to develop competency in their initial and future duties.
Nurse TIP—Nurse TIP recognizes that nurses play an integral role in the success of immunization programs. Nurses are often the first point of contact at any health care visit and can have considerable influence on the public health practices of a community.
Quad Council Competencies —Core Competencies for Public Health Nursing (CCPHN) may be used at all levels and in a variety of practice settings. Competencies were planned that could be useful for agencies/organizations agencies/organizations employing PHNs, and educational institutions and other agencies engaged in educating PHNs.
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ACHNE—The Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE) provides a meeting ground for those committed to excellence in community and public health nursing education, research, and practice.
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