April 2-8th   is National Public Health Week so this is a perfect time to recognize the life-saving work of our public health nurses.  These devoted men and women impact the health and well-being of their communities and our world.

Public Health Nurses comprise the largest segment of the professional public health workforce and serve in many settings such as health departments, schools, homes, community health centers, clinics, correctional facilities, worksites, out of mobile vans and even dog sleds. They often serve our most vulnerable populations, providing care to those who may not normally be able to afford medical treatment…. the poor and uninsured. By educating people, they promote prevention and help correct poor health practice and provide safe home and work environments, as well as treatment.

Public health nursing is a great career choice. The average American life expectancy has increased by approximately 30 years since 1900, with a lot of the credit due to the efforts of public health nurses and their community-based programs. These nurses play a vital role in the health care system. Demand is very high and positions are available.

Let’s reach out and thank our public health nurses this week…and every week.