Analyzing Concordance between Position Descriptions and Practice Standards for Public Health Nurses

Year: 2011
Funding: Quick Strike Research Award
Status: Completed

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This study by the Ohio PBRN collects, codes, and analyzes position descriptions for all levels of public health nurses practicing within the state’s 125 county health departments in order to determine the extent to which positions are consistent with national competency standards and scope of practice policies. The study will examine geographic variation in the degree of concordance with public health nursing practice standards, and use multivariate analytic techniques to identify organizational, community, and market-level factors that influence concordance. Findings will be used to develop policy and practice recommendations for enhancing nursing workforce competencies.

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Scott Frank, M.D., M.S.