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Why are you a Public Health Nurse?


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This was a question that was recently asked of the audience at the annual conference of the Association of Public Health Nurses.  There were many inspiring answers, but one common theme, to make a difference in the lives of others.  It’s been my experience that nurses who work in public health aren’t here because they “need a job”.  It is a much deeper commitment to our community, especially the under-served. 

One thread of the conference was the notion of public health nurses “going back to the future”.  It was suggested that we connect with the historical nursing practice of Lillian Wald, who brought a voice to marginalized populations.  As nurses, we have intrinsically known about the impact of social determinants of health, regardless whether or not these phrases and concepts were developed at the time we graduated nursing school.  It was through our lived experiences, and our work as nurses that gave us insight on how to correct health inequities.  We see the struggle of our communities.  Even as we move “upstream”, public health nursing is still very much the same. 

I am inspired every day by the expert care you provide to our communities.  It is through a strong nursing workforce that we will change the disparities in our communities.  The Nursing Office wishes each of you a peaceful Nurses Week.  Please enjoy this slide show from the Henry Street House in New York City.  Join us in going back to the future.



Nursing Office receives HRSA grant!

image003By Dorene Hersh

I am very pleased to announce that the Nursing Office has been awarded a 2.8 million dollar grant over the next 4 years.  Our grant is titled: Ambulatory System Supported by Education and Training (ASSET).

Our goal is to establish Public Health as a training center of excellence for community-based primary care nurses.  We will create a formal programmatic partnership with Seattle Pacific University (SPU) nursing program in order to train baccalaureate nursing students in the provision of evidence-based, trauma-informed primary care to medically underserved populations (MUP).

Year 1: Develop standard work for all positions in our ambulatory care clinics.  We will next develop a Nurse Residency Program to fully train and orient new nurses in public health to work at the top of their licensure.  Curricula will include chronic disease, substance use, behavioral health and trauma-informed care.

Year 2: We will provide senior clinical practicums to 7 SPU nursing students (per year) using the “Dedicated Education Unit” model.  It will bolster the education of students and RNs practicing in these settings, and will result in broader and lasting outcomes for patient care, nursing practice, and health status indicators.

Years 3 & 4: Extend the program into our community with other schools of nursing and community health centers.

This grant will develop the infrastructure to maximize our learning management system and SharePoint across Public Health for all divisions.  Dorene Hersh will be the Principal Investigator, and Shayla Holcomb is the Project Liaison.  We have an evaluation component and will periodically update you with our progress through this blog and our SharePoint site.

We look forward to the learnings associated with this wonderful opportunity. It is a gift for our organization and community.



Celebrating National Nurses Week

Why I Chose Nursing

Guest post by Antwinett O. Lee, EdD, MSN-CNS, RN Associate Dean, Undergraduate Nursing and Assistant Professor of Nursing at Seattle Pacific University

When I was in High School, I volunteered as a Candy Striper in the hospital. During my time as a Candy Striper, I was mesmerized by the role of the nurse and how they provided care at the patient’s bedside. I was constantly observing nurses and doctors on the unit and knew in my gut that Nursing was my calling.

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Antiwinett O. Lee, EdD, MSN-CNS, RN

Over the years, many people have asked me why I did not become a doctor and I always tell them that I was called to be a nurse. I chose nursing because of the diversity of roles, experiences, and settings available to the profession of nursing.

As a nurse, one is taking care of vulnerable populations and delivering care with the three C’s —Caring, Compassion, and Competence. Not only are nurses providing the 3 C’s but they also do this in a multitude of settings and roles.

In my nursing career, I have served at the bedside as an Oncology Nurse, been an Assistant Head Nurse, Pheresis Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Public Health Services Supervisor, Disease-Base State Manager, Corporate Educator, Nurse Educator, Home Health Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Home Health Nurse Manager, Nursing Program Director, Assistant Professor of Nursing, and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Nursing.

Overall, nursing has been my life’s work and I love the nursing profession and my colleagues. Nurses make a difference every day no matter where they choose to serve and that is why I chose nursing.