Development of a public health nursing data infrastructure

Karen A. Monsen, Betty Bekemeier, Robin P. Newhouse, F. Douglas Scutchfield

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    An invited group of national public health nursing (PHN) scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and other stakeholders met in October 2010 identifying a critical need for a national PHN data infrastructure to support PHN research. This article summarizes the strengths, limitations, and gaps specific to PHN data and proposes a research agenda for development of a PHN data infrastructure. Future implications are suggested, such as issues related to the development of the proposed PHN data infrastructure and future research possibilities enabled by the infrastructure. Such a data infrastructure has potential to improve accountability and measurement, to demonstrate the value of PHN services, and to improve population health.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)343-351
    Number of pages9
    JournalPublic Health Nursing
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Jul 2012


    • Data infrastructure
    • Nursing workforce
    • Omaha System
    • Public health nursing standards
    • Public health systems
    • Quantitative research


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