Community Health Nurses

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Community health nurses, also known as public health nurses, provide community-based health care. They organize, promote, and deliver care to community groups in urban, rural, and remote settings. They work in community health centers in large and small cities, or they travel to remote locations to bring health care treatment and information to people living in those areas. They provide public health services and educational programs to schools, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, elderly care facilities, and maternal and well-baby clinics. Some community health nurses provide specialized care in communities where immediate physician services are not available. Community health nurses often work for a state funded or federally funded agency, or a private health provider company.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Public Health Nurses
Duties Provide nursing care and health education to community groups in urban, rural, and remote settings
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Internships or clinical rotations
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Nurse Manager
  • Experienced Community Health Nurse
  • Entry-Level Community Health Nurse