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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.

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Public Health Nursing

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You go into nursing because you want to make a positive impact on health and lives.  There is not a more exciting and impactful career to accomplish this goal than as a public health nurse!

Public health nursing is defined as the practice of promoting and protecting the health of populations using knowledge from nursing, social and public health sciences.  Public health nursing practice focuses on population health, with the goal of promoting health and preventing disease and disability.

Nurses work with the individuals and families that make up the communities and the systems that affect our everyday life.

The knowledge and skills of these nurses enables them to make significant contributions to public health. Their clinical knowledge and unique relationships to those they serve assist in designing and implementing programs and policies to meet the needs of vulnerable populations.

If you are interested in making a positive impact on the health and lives of people by promoting health and preventing diseases – we are looking for you!

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Public Health Nurses at the Florida Department of Health in Gulf and Franklin counties in a wide range of roles.  Immunizations, family planning, women’s health, STD testing and treatment are some of the services these public health nurses provide. School based clinics provide health screenings, care management and day-to day student health needs.  Public health nurses are also involved in disease investigation and prevention and to keep vulnerable populations and residents safe during disasters. These services are provided across all 67 county health departments in Florida.

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