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Public health is every nurse’s responsibility

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Winslade J et al (2013) Public health is every nurse’s responsibility. Nursing Times; 109: 24, 12-13.

Authors

Jennifer Winslade is chief nursing officer at North, East and West Devon Clinical Commissioning Group; Nancy Barber is deputy director of nursing at Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust; Helen Williams is deputy head of midwifery Poole Hospital Foundation Trust; all were joint public health nursing leads at the Department of Health.

 

THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

  • Why public health is important
  • How all nurses and midwives, including you, can influence public health
  • The importance of evidence-based practice

 

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:

How nurses can use their role to influence public health. This article also explains the evidence base for public health promotion.

 

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?

As this article states, public health can be promoted by all nurses. This article would be useful for you in any placement as it gives advice on small things you can do to help individuals and communities live a healthier lifestyle.

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

  • How do you promote public health in this setting?
  • What barriers might you come up against when trying to promote healthy lifestyle choices?
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