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Nurses and public health: Evolution of missions and trainings

Les infirmières et la santé publique : évolution des missions et des formations


Reflection upon the role of nurses in public health is not something new; however, over the past few years, a questioning and similar reports have sprung up pointing to the difficulty perceived by nurses in reconciling their professional practice and public health. Currently, in light of the evolution of public health, where does the practice of nursing fit into public health practice? What are the potential movements and trends in terms of training? The goal of this paper is to present a number of possible avenues for thought on the subject, namely concerning the training and the allocation of competencies. It would be undoubtedly a pity to conceive of public health training today being intended only for nurses. It is rather preferable that post-graduate public health training is aimed at a variety of professional categories, regardless of their initial training or degree course. The development of schools of public health to which nurses could have access in the same way that other health professionals or from the social and educational fields do is critical. Above and beyond what is at stake for specialisation, and even independent of the implication of nurses in public health work, the current trend to re-balance the work and tasks of both nurses and doctors constitutes a significant challenge for public health.
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hal-03866324 , version 1 (22-11-2022)



Jeanine Pommier, Jean-Pierre Deschamps. Nurses and public health: Evolution of missions and trainings. Santé Publique, 2004, Vol. 16 (2), pp.197-206. ⟨10.3917/spub.042.0197⟩. ⟨hal-03866324⟩


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