Community Health Nurses

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 may work in community health centers in large and small cities, or they may travel to remote locations to bring health care treatment and information to people living in those areas. They may 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.


Quick Facts
Duties Provide nursing care and health education to community groups in urban, rural, and remote settings
Alternate Title(s) Public Health Nurses
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Nursing students should obtain experience by completing several nursing internships or clinical rotations
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Nurse Manager
  • Experienced Community Health Nurse
  • Entry-Level Community Health Nurse